Playing For Change Foundation

Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) was established in 2007 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. We support music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. To date, 9 music schools and programs have been created in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Thailand and Nepal. 700 children participate in regular music instruction. We have plans to expand several of our existi...
Apr 26, 2016

Kirina Becomes Electrified!

Solar panels installed in Kirina
Solar panels installed in Kirina

Thanks to the amazing generosity and work of Lighting Africa and Gary Dourdan, Kirina now has electricity! As pictured above, the electricity is powered by solar panel installations on the rooves in the village. These enable the team at the École de Musique de Kirina to power laptops, lighting, and other equipment for their students. 

We would also like to share with you a video of the advanced djembe students rehearsing for a stage performance! Watching them play in a call-and-response way is so much fun. If you would like to see more from the École de Musique de Kirina, check out their Facebook page!

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Jan 28, 2016

Thank You for Supporting Renovations in Kirina!

Beginners with djembe teacher Modibo Traore
Beginners with djembe teacher Modibo Traore

The students are continuing to receive classes in dance, kora, djembe, and the traditions of the griot. One of the advanced djembe students, Adama Diawara, expresses his gratitude for the gift that the École de Musique de Kirina has given him: "I'm very happy I'm very good in Djembe. I thank PFC/PFCF and all who are helping them to give us the opportunity to be trained for a better future. Thank you all."

We are also happy to announce that the school has been able to make some much-needed repairs. These renovations include: cement floors for three of the classrooms, sheet metal and plywood to reinforce the roof and ceilings, sand and stonework, a fresh coat of paint, a sound system and generator, and repairs to broken instruments. Thanks to everyone who is helping with the upgrades - the school is going to be better than ever!

Koras that needed repairs
Koras that needed repairs
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!
Oct 30, 2015

Playing For Change Day celebrated in Kirina, Mali!

I’Ecole de Musique de Kirina brought everyone in Kirina together to celebrate. It is the 5th consecutive year the PFCF music school in Mali has participated in PFC Day. This year's celebration included performances by students, teachers, special guests and some of Mali's finest musicians. The most exciting part about Playing For Change Day is the students were able showcase what they've learned at the school for their community and the world.

In addition to the performances, for the first time the administrators and teachers in Mali were able to film the event and create their own video (a laptop and microphone that were donated to the program earlier this year). We’re sharing the video with you to see the beautiful ways your contribution has made an impact in the lives of the children in Mali, their families and the community of Kirina.

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