Help a South African Community Rebuild with Music

 
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Gugulethu sings in honor of South Africa's heros

Gugulethu sings for a Better Place!

The students and teachers of the Ntonga Music School, in Gugulethu, South Africa, came together to compose and record a song inspired by the great heroes of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Myriam Makeeba and others. The Song is called “Strong” and gives a clear message on how we have to face life, whoever we are, wherever we come from.

The song has been composed and arranged by two of our elder, advanced students at the Ntonga Music School, Faith Nomungeka and Nonvuyo and recorded at the school, with the participation of all our students and staff.

The township of Gugulethu is located 20 kilometers from the city of Cape Town, South Africa. This is where the Playing for Change Foundation built its first music school in 2009. Like many of the townships formed during the government-imposed Apartheid that lasted from 1948 to 1994, Gugulethu is a community in need of assistance and inspiration. 

The Ntonga Music School in South Africa was one of the locations chosen for the Playing For Change project with the UN Millenium Development Goals. This incredible opportunity gave the students a chance to express themselves through music, by recording songs and organizing workshops. This song is the first release of a series of videos destined to demonstrate that music is a tool for positive change in this world.

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Shauna Murray

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