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...
Jul 22, 2016

Water is Life in Kirina, Mali

Water Distribution Project
Water Distribution Project

In May, a project that will forever change the lives of the people of Kirina was started. This project was made possible by the amazing generosity of Blur lead singer, Damon Albarn. It is with much gratitude that the water distribution project in Kirina has been completed! The taps placed around the village will allow for easy access to water for all members of the community. Check out more pictures of the finished project!

The school has also received a new camera, which will allow them to take high quality images to share with the PFC community! To see some of the first photos taken with the new camera, check out the school's Facebook page.

One of the taps placed throughout the village
One of the taps placed throughout the village
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!
 

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