Why Music for Africa?
Our Mission is to bring music in to the every day lives of young people in South Africa. We aim to provide young people with life enhancing access to music, particularly those in marginalized and subsistence level communities who otherwise would have no such opportunities, as a result of the apartheid era.
We inspire a love of music embracing classical, modern rock and traditional ethnic music. In so doing we raise skill levels, self-esteem, motivation, career and employment prospects. We empower and enable people across the community through music, ensuring skills are embedded to deliver long-term impact through sustainable provision.
We’re doing so much more than teaching kids to play guitar. We’re also developing their pride and self esteem; we’re nurturing their determination and ambition as well as giving them a possible means of earning a living. 75% of our students who enter for music examinations with Trinity College of Music have achieved merits or distinctions and this is reflected in their school work.
We encourage all our pupils to progress to Trinity College Music Exams and they achieve extraordinary results. Since 2004, 51 students have taken Grades 1-3. They’ve achieved one pass, 30 merits and an amazing 20 distinctions! In 2006 one pupil achieved a Trinity College ‘Highest Grade’ and Bronze Medal Award and in 2007 this was followed by two more pupils receiving the award. This is no mean feat as the Bronze Medal Award is one of the highest accolades achievable.
Three students are currently taking music degrees at Kwazulu Natal University in Durban with outstanding results. My vision was always if I could help change the life of ONE person my job was done. This has happened a hundred fold thankfully.
Music for Africa is a thriving but essentially very small charity that donates 100% of donations and all net profits direct to projects.
It has no paid staff and is entirely reliant on voluntary support. Any advertising costs incurred directly impact the amount we can spend on projects.
Please help us spread the word about this wonderful charity which has touched so many lives.
All contributions are welcome regardless of their size.
Donations may be made via PayPal and are secure and easy to do. Click the link below and you will be directed to the Music For Africa donation page: http://www.musicforafrica.org.uk/welcome_01.php
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Founder and Chairperson, MFA
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Mathew Matebane with his MFA students
Lucky Swele, one of the first MFA students now just finishing his music degree in Durban.
Pa Bobo Jobarteh teaching students