Music to empower the youth

25 10 2010

From MSNBC

“AFP Photographer Roberto Schmidt photographed kids involved in a project in Korogocho, Nairobi called “Ghetto Classics” that uses music to empower the youth there. The brass band group is comprised of some 25 kids that only gets to practice every two weeks as the musical instruments they use are borrowed and there are not enough funds to pay the band director more often. The Ghetto Classics Project is a partnership between the Art of Music and the Kutoka Network – a network of parishes and organizations working in the urban slums, working to creates policies and new plans to help slum dwellers work their way out of poverty. Its purpose is to use music education to provide youth living in the slum with opportunities to better themselves and their community by giving them life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music.

Click to view images and watch a video of Ghetto Classics by MSNBC.

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