We have nothing but sheer respect and admiration to the Strummerville Foundation – gratefully a close friend (singer) works with the foundation and recommended collaboration. It was a fantastic idea. They released a grant on the promise that it was to be used for something music related and Joe Strummers legacy.
‘Strummerville’ is a registered charity that gives support to aspiring musicians and help to projects that help change the world through music’
They most certainly adhere to there mission and we personally know and have seen how they can help change Malawi through music. As mentioned previously Tilinanu has always worked ‘food to mouth’ with minimal amount of room for greater vision. Through the beauty of volunteers and the success of fundraising; has allowed room for reflection. Strummerville allowed us to reach an unimaginable level – they funded the whole music project that consists of a two tiered stage and an indoor and outdoor educational space.
This creation is something that will change this community forever.
Music is certainly something that Africans are naturally blessed with but have very small amounts of opportunity to express their raw talent. Strummerville have provided ample space for this. The music centre has many musical instruments and freedom of originality. Nina Pulford did an incredible job of building this on behalf of Strummerville. The building has been designed to a phenomenal level where the space allowed for the most use. She enabled the girls to have music lessons on drums, base and guitar and has changed their musical legacy forever! This space can also be used as an outdoor learning centre for all other academic topics as well as play.
Strummerville allowed Tilinanu to become apparent to the rest of Malawi through organizing their performance at ‘Lake of Stars’ (the biggest festival in Africa). That experience I think will change the girls of Tilinanu forever. Despite it being a Malawian festival they never knew how beautiful their voices are and how much it would be enjoyed. They had a life changing experience and we were very proud of how gregarious the angels are. It was fabulous to see the girls excitement on the bus of being able to stare out of the window for hours on the way to the festival, and watch their faces of amazement as they visually explored their country that was so unfamiliar from just seeing the village. They played twice, once for 30 minutes, and the second time for nearly an hour! (footage on facebook and the website). We hope to play again next year.