El Sistema Kenya Featured in the New York Times

El Sistema Kenya was just featured in a New York Times article! Thanks to their supporters and volunteers, they now work with 200 children in four locations in Kenya: the Kawangware and Waithaka slums in Nairobi, and two locations in Juja, a low-income suburb...
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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein at 100 Together!

In 2018 the music world will celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the American composer Leonard Bernstein. A brilliant opportunity dedicated to Sistema-Inspired projects will be to perform a special arrangement of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” Thanks to Bernstein’s daughter...
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Musical Fusion in Nairobi

In July, Ghetto Classics in Nairobi had the great pleasure of performing as part of a concert alongside Polish composer and producer, JIMEK. With just one week of rehearsals, students performed a variety of pieces, from movie scores to pop...
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Introducing Youth Orchestra of Namibia!

The newly-launched Youth Orchestras of Namibia held its first concert on 3 October, in celebration of the 15 violins and 2 cellos that were recently donated by the Goethe Institute and German Embassy.  The newly-established Sistema programme in Namibia is working to establish youth...
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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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