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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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Sibelius would be proud…

In February, eight representatives of El Sistema Sweden visited El Sistema Kenya (ESK) in Nairobi to assist ESK’s new program (its second site) in the Juja slum. The representatives brought donated violins, flutes, trumpets and clarinets, led workshops and master...
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FEATURE: Music Makes Things Better

When Father John Webootsa asked me in 2008 to start a music programme for 14 young choir students in his parish in the Nairobi ghetto of Korogocho, I asked myself, “How hard could it be?” Over the years, I have...
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