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Play For Change

Playing For Change Africa is an collaborative artistic movement to create positive change on the African continent, beginning with PFCF programs in Morocco, Mali, and Ghana

Project Origins

PFC Africa began in November 2021 when leaders from PFCF programs Ecole de Musique de Kirina in Mali and Bizung School of Music and Dance in Ghana came to Morocco to visit Joudour Sahara, take part in a recording session at Studio Hiba in Casablanca, and participate in the conference ‘Peace Through Music’ at Visa For Music showcase in Rabat

This trip marked the first international gathering of multiple PFCF program leaders

Coming Together

While on this trip to Morocco, leaders Halim Sbai (Joudour Sahara), Mahamadou Diabate and Seydou Dembele (Ecole de Musique de Kirina), and Mohammed Alidu (Bizung School of Music and Dance) decided to join forces and create positive change across Africa together

Along with PFCF Executive Director Jake Groshong and Joudour Sahara co-founder Aziza Chaouni, they spoke about the change they make aross Africa at Visa For Music, and they participated in a residency and recording session with Joudour Sahara musicians and students

Meet the Musicians

Joudour Sahara 

Watch the music video ‘Mn Dakket Rouhou’ performed by Joudour Sahara musician and teacher Naji Alamraani, along with fellow teacher Mohammed Sabir

Ecole de Musique de Kirina 

Watch the ancient Malian classic ‘Diarby’ performed by Mahamadou Diabate, Saiba Diabate, and special PFC guest and Joudour Sahara family member Roberto Luti

Bizung School of Music and Dance 

Watch the brand new music video from Bizung founder and director Mohammed Alidu for his latest song ‘Yedanai’ (2022). Featuring musicians, dancers, and teachers from the Bizung School in Tamale, Ghana

Aziza Chaouni Projects

See construction to-date and design renderings

peace | tolerance | social cohesion | through music