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Africa

El Sistema Kenya & Let It Shine Host the YOA

In March 2017, El Sistema Kenya in Nairobi and Let It Shine Program in Arusha, Tanzania welcomed two representatives from Youth Orchestra of the Americas’ Global Leaders Program. Gabrielle Molina (clarinet) and Nathaly Ossa (violin) organized an instrument petting zoo...
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EDITORIAL: The Gang for Music

We have been thinking about all the ways Sistema programs around the world create the group identity and cohesion that make possible the social development that is their ultimate goal. The World Ensemble is particularly rich in specific examples of...
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For a Pope, For a Connection

Ghetto Classics in Nairobi, Kenya played for the Pope’s arrival in Nairobi this past November. The students performed an African version of Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria, The Prayer of St Francis, and a traditional Kenyan song called “Daima.” Ghetto Classics also...
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Music Enlightenment Project and Three Big Changes

Three big changes are underway for the Music Enlightenment Project (MEP) in Johannesburg, South Africa. MEP serves over 800 students from five schools and is currently entering the completion phase of its first home base location, with rehearsal and office...
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El Sistema: Music for Social Change

The new book “El Sistema: Music for Social Change” contains a variety of essays and is edited by Christine Witkowski, the founding Director of YOLA at HOLA for five years. The book includes program portraits from around the world, teaching...
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Happy 41st Birthday, El Sistema!

To celebrate the 41st birthday of El Sistema in Venezuela, Fundamusical has compiled a film of clips from speeches and presentations by José Antonio Abreu, beginning with his talk in 1975 to the original “pioneers” of El Sistema: Ayer 12.02.16...
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Sibelius would be proud…

In February, eight representatives of El Sistema Sweden visited El Sistema Kenya (ESK) in Nairobi to assist ESK’s new program (its second site) in the Juja slum. The representatives brought donated violins, flutes, trumpets and clarinets, led workshops and master...
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FEATURE: Music Makes Things Better

When Father John Webootsa asked me in 2008 to start a music programme for 14 young choir students in his parish in the Nairobi ghetto of Korogocho, I asked myself, “How hard could it be?” Over the years, I have...
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