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Ecole Fula Flute: Update from Guinea, West Africa

Ecole Fula Flute is a music program in Conakry, Guinea, started by CMS alumnus Sylvain Leroux to further students' individual and musical development and to advance Guinean culture by bringing up a new generation of dedicated flute players, thereby infusing a new life in this iconic African instrument. CMS is the school’s fiscal sponsor.

Here’s Sylvain’s update:

In addition to a basic education, our students receive instruction by the excellent teachers who have joined our school, namely, Master Mamady Mansaré, the Mansa of Guinean flute, who teaches traditional repertoire and practice; secondly, Master Bouba Mbeng offers discipline in the exuberant art of percussion, and in the more delicate one of the ngoni (the traditional guitar) as well as instruction in singing. In my regular visits, I teach traditional and modern tambin-flute, music theory and practice. Our students absorb these teachings with enthusiasm, rising to the challenges on a daily basis as they have a big heart for music.

Unfortunately, there is bad news, too. The school recently lost the use of the industrial hangar in which we were working for many years, the government having re-purposed this beautiful space, so we are in the street. However, the school’s daily activities continue and students and teachers are bravely carrying on until a solution is found.

We therefore appeal to you to donate so we can find a suitable facility to host our activities.

Our long-term goals are the development and validation of a music education method that can be then extended to other institutions. We are advancing slowly, step-by-step, watching our creation come to life and let her show us the way.

Know that your contribution goes far in Guinea and that your donation will be used wisely. Please also note that, thanks to the help of the Creative Music Foundation, your gift will be tax-deductible.

And, please watch our video to learn more.

Thank you for everything and anything you do! 

Best wishes,
—Sylvain Leroux

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