On Friday November 18th, 2022. Musicians For Musicians (MFM) Presented its 7th “Music Is Essential” ZOOM Talk Event. MFM Members Banning Eyre and Sylvain Leroux spoke about Leroux’s Music Activism and his Non-Profit Fula Flute Ecole in Conakry, Guinea.
Leroux began with an overview of how he became interested in African music. Eyre guided the discussion in an interview style.
L’école fula flute is a Guinean music school founded by musician and MFM member Sylvain Leroux in 2014. When him inventing the chromatic tambinby adding three more finger holes to the existing three-hole tambin (or Fula flute) making this new flute capable of playing classical, jazz, or any style of music beyond the beautiful but limited traditional Phrygian scale. This gave him the idea that his new flute could be used to teach the fundamentals of music theory to children in Guinea.
“We have this little school in Guinea, L’école fula flute, that I got involved with and something beyond me happened, the kids profoundly responded to the flute, like if we plugged into a high-tension socket! Then, you donated and made it all possible.
Thanks to your generosity, our Ecole Fula Flute, in collaboration with the Centre Tyabala de Guinee, is doing well and enriching the lives of many kids in Conakry (Guinea).
We further our students’ individual and musical development and thus contribute to advance Guinean culture by bringing up a new generation of dedicated flute players thereby infusing a new life in this iconic instrument.