The 4th Annual Playing For Change Day is upon us! Saturday, September 20th a global community of musicians and PFC fans of all varieties will perform on stages, cafés, city squares, and street corners worldwide and raise money to bring music into the lives of young people. In response to the enthusiasm of those inspired by 'Songs Around the World' and the mission of the Playing For Change Foundation, PFC Day was created in 2011 so that everyone can get involved and become a part of our global community.
Ecole de Musique de Kirina has been an active participant of PFC Day, creating an event and sharing the joy and love with their community since 2011.
The students and teachers at Ecole de Musique de Kirina are now making preparations for PFC Day 2014! This year's celebration will include performances by students, teachers, special guests and some of Mali's finest musicians. The most exciting part of this PFC Day is the students will showcase what they've learned for their community and the world.
Playing For Change Day has been a valuable and effective way for Playing For Change Foundation programs to gather as a community around the music while also providing an opportunity for the children to perform in front of an audience. As a result of the public performances the music students have increased their confidence, skills and ability to work as a team, on stage and off.
“I’m very happy to be attending the music school which can make my dreams come true. I hope it will be here for many other generation after me.” - Nadjo, age 13
We can't wait to see what happens this year! It's definitely a magical, creative experience not to be missed. We're so happy to share this journey with all of you, and appreciate your generous support.
As they say in Mali, Merci beaucoup and in the native language of Bambara, foli. Thank you!
We have great news to share with you along with our thanks!!!
On March 8 a new well, solar pump and water tank were installed in Kirina, Mali!! It has been a dream of ours for some time to provide more water to this village of 2,000 residents where I'Ecole de Musique de Kirina is located. Thanks to the generous support from our donors and partners - to help source the water, install the well and sustain a vibrant school of music and dance that now serves more than 200 children - villagers in Kirina will now have access to more clean water every day!!!
This is a shining example of how music can serve as a vital anchor for all kinds of positive change. For all Playing For Change Foundation programs, we start with the music because it's the core, the basis of community connection. The incredible assistance we receive through partnerships and collaborations provides essential hope and inspiration as well.
Thank you for being a part of the music school in Mali and for your love and support of children in all of our programs.
Every student, teacher and community member of Kirina wishes 2014 to be a year of peace, love, success, vibrations and positive changes all around the world. Thank you so much for your beautiful support of I'Ecole de Musique de Kirina program. We are honored and grateful to have you as part of our community. Your generosity has helped bring the invaluable gift of music to hundreds of children and strengthened a village.
2013 was an amazing year for the Kirina music school. We've been able to accomplish so much, including hosting a village-wide PFC Day event, enrolling 35 new female students, who are now learning traditional instruments for the first time and locating water near the school. We know 2014 will be even better!
With the new program plan worked out by the Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) team, we're going to initiate and encourage our female students to play more traditional instruments. The idea of girls playing traditional instruments is strange and new for the community of Kirina, but not forbidden. We're also excited to introduce songwriting and song creation to all of our students.
Our Teachers, Bobo Keita, the Djembé teacher, Karounga Diabaté, the Balafon (Xylophone) teacher, Ladji Diabaté, the Kora teacher, Mountaga Sissoko, the Taman (talking drum) and Ngoni (traditional guitar) teacher, Oumou Mariko, the dance and song teacher and hopefully other guest musicians from other parts of Mali will be here to help.
"We are Playing for Change"
"My father didn't want me to attend the music school at the very beginning but when he saw me playing here, he always encourages me to come. I'm very happy when I play with my friends and brothers here."
Everyone at the Playing For Change Foundation is so proud of our students, including Soma Kane. Soma has shown great courage and persistence in his music lessons. He has also used music to educate his family about its importance in his life. Please vist www.playingforchange.org and https://www.facebook.com/PlayingForChangeFoundation?fref=ts to learn more about Soma and all of the incredible children participating in Playing For Change Foundation programs around the world.
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