Music is a tool for social change and a vector of expression for people who live in difficult conditions. No where is that more evident than the Ntonga Music School in Gugulethu, South Africa. The true testament, for us of the power of music and it's incredible ability to change is the progress we see in our students. One of those students is Bongiwe, she is the shining star of the saxophone class.
As Bongiwe told us, "Music distracts us from doing wrong things and it is a tool to reduce crime. I wish politicians would give us the opportunity to open more music schools in South Africa."
Although Gugulethu, like many places in the world is still struggling to rise from the past and forge a better future there is hope in the young.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to help make this world a better place, one instrument, one young person, one community at a time.
"My name is Mkhontotowesizwe Zwedala, but people call me MK, I'm 21 years old and I'm from Gugulethu. I speak Xhosa and Engish and I study Saxophone at Ntonga Music School. My father is a photographer in Gugulethu and I'm the third born of 4 children. I finished high school and I want to be a professional musician in future. I walk every day to the school to take classes with Mr. John , who teaches us to read and play music. My main influences in music are John Coltrane, McCoy Mrubata, and Winston Mankunku-Ngozi. I can't really explain what I feel when I play music but if you listen to me you'll understand. I try to tell a story with my instrument. I want to be successful, in order to take care of my family, I want to travel to France and be able to inspire and motivate the young kids."
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