What is The Art Of Music Foundation?

The Art of Music Foundation was established in 2009 and it’s mission is to promote the performance and appreciation of art music in Kenya and to use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country. The foundation exists to use music to make a difference in the lives of young Kenyans. We believe art music, with its traditions of structure, discipline and excellence, can offer a great awakening and opportunity to a broad spectrum of Kenyan youth.

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The Ghetto Classics

Started in the year 2009, the Ghetto Classics programme is a community programme that involves over 300 children in Korogocho – one of Kenya’s biggest slums that is home to about 300,000 urban poor. We use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling in them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. Our programme also provides them with income generating opportunities. Read More →

The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya

The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya is a pioneering education and training project which was set up by the Art of Music Foundation in 2010. Inspired by the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema organisation in bringing communities together and developing national pride through music participation, the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (or KNYO as it is often called) meets three times a year in Nairobi for intensive training. Read More →

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Musician of The Month - Onyango Kepher Brian

Born in 1994 December 24th I am from the Luo community, but Kenya is my tribe. I am blessed to have both parents. My Dad’s name is Kepher and my Mum’sname is Pamela. I have nine siblings, 3 brothers and 5sisters. I study at Our Lady of Fatuma Secondary School in Nairobi and I am proud to play music.

I started playing music at Ghetto Classics in Korogocho. I have no apologies for living in the slums, since I know I am the one to change it through music. I was also motivated by my mother who was always calling me to go and see the group wherever they played, before I joined them in January 2011.

Classical music has so far helped me not only socially but also academically since I keep on being motivated. I am a scout and I am a member of the scout band. This has really played a big role in my music.

I am honoured to join the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya this year and I am privileged to play the percussion. At Ghetto Classics I play tenor saxophone. I am very happy with the group. I was motivated by their performance last year and I said to myself that I must come and add value to them, so here I am playing the percussion.

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