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Orchestra Rocks in Mombasa
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Orchestra Rocks in Mombasa

On 26th January, the Link Up Orchestra Rocks concert took place at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa. The Link Up Orchestra Rocks is an initiative of the Ghetto ClassicsOutreach Project called the Orchestra for Schools Initiative. 200 children from Likoni Primary School, Ronald Ngala Primary School, Mikindani Primary School and Khadija Primary School performed with theNational Youth...

OSI starts at Cheleta Primary School
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OSI starts at Cheleta Primary School

On 17th January the Orchestra for Schools Initiative started at Cheleta Primary School in Runda. What makes it different is that it is a project sponsored by the Runda Association and the Art of Music provides the technical expertise. We look forward to seeing how this goes so that we can replicate it across the...

A Special Mention
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A Special Mention

2018 was a busy for the Art of Music, so many activities taking us from Korogocho all the way to Poland. To top it off the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta gave us a special shout out as Ghetto Classics were commissioned to perform an orchestral rendition of the famous patriotic song Tushangilia Kenya, composed...

Ghetto Classics at the Kamili Family Challenge
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Ghetto Classics at the Kamili Family Challenge

For the second year in a row Ghetto Classics took part in this years Kamili Family Challenge on September 8th and 9th 2018. The team led by Abby Bosco and Alex Kimathi had a fantastic weekend filled with lots of fun activities. This was the first time this group of Ghetto Classics members had been...

From Korogocho to Kogelo
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From Korogocho to Kogelo

At 5am on the 15th of July 2018, 17 members of Ghetto Classics set off from Korogocho destined for Kogelo, in Siaya County in the Western part of Kenya. Ghetto Classics had been invited to perform with the Kenyan singing sensation Eric Wainaina at the opening ceremony of the Sauti Kuu Foundation – Sports and...

Ghetto Classics at the Samosa Festival
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Ghetto Classics at the Samosa Festival

It was an honor for Ghetto Classic to be part of the Samosa festival held this year. It was a true learning experience for the young musicians who were involved. Many of these members have recently graduated high school and have formed their own orchestra as part of Ghetto Classics, known as Ghetto Classics Kwetu....

Jorge Viladoms + KNYO
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Jorge Viladoms + KNYO

On 12th May, the world famous pianist Jorge Viladoms performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (KNYO) at the Trademark Hotel. this was a special performance combining a selection of both their repertoire’s, including a touching tribute to Jorge’s mum composed and played by him and also the KNYO brass and string ensembles playing traditional...

Ghetto Classics Kwetu
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Ghetto Classics Kwetu

In March 2018 a new ensemble was formed: Ghetto Classics Kwetu is made up of the older members of Ghetto Classics who have finished high school and are making their plans for the future.  Their first performance was held at the Social Protection Conference and they will be having performances at the Art of Music Offices...

Link Up Orchestra Sings – February 2018
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Link Up Orchestra Sings – February 2018

The Orchestra for Schools Initiative was officially launched in 2016 featuring 5 schools in Nairobi. In 2017 this expanded and we now teach the Carnegie Hall Link Up recorder curriculum to 14 primary schools across Nairobi, Kiambu and Mombasa;  St John’s Primary School, Muthangari Primary School, Farasi Lane Primary School, Huruma Primary School, North Highridge...

Latest News – Link Up Kenya
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Latest News – Link Up Kenya

Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program — an elementary school music program that pairs students with local orchestras—continues to reach more and more classrooms around the world. This year, the program has taken root in Nairobi, Kenya, where English-speaking students are participating in Link Up: The Orchestra Moves and preparing for a concert facilitated by The Art of Music Foundation. Paul Asiyo,...