Budding South African Violinists Enjoy 'African Beats'

An outreach program on the campus of non-profit organisation Masiphumelele Corporation teaches children how to master the violin so that they can play at functions like weddings or in public spaces.

Meet Masiphumelele's Budding Violinists

PHOTO ESSAYS: Meet Masiphumelele's Budding Violinists

In a small classroom, learners from Masiphumelele near Cape Town are learning a new skill: playing the violin. Ashraf Hendricks of GroundUp presents this photo essay.


The program has now been running for six years and has about 30 students. Blake’s own band is called the Palm Strings. She calls the younger students “The Palm Stringlets”. Violins, performance posters and music pictures line the walls of the classroom.

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