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.
In 2013, MFM member Sylvain Leroux began working on an alternative arts education initiative with the students of the Centre Tyabala, in Conakry. This was an experimental education project based on the “chromatic tambin” patented modification of the traditional Guinean Fula flute. After six years, the students have become competitive and committed musicians, with new generations of music students following their example.
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.
November is when is we at l’École Fula Flute reach out for your help to continue our music education work in Guinea. In the next few weeks we will be sending many communications about what we do, where we come from, and where we want to go.
Thanks to your help, last year we could leave the streets and bring our activities to an ideal place with a large enclosed courtyard. Now it is humming with activity from morning to night, and six days-a-week classes in French, arithmetic, social sciences, theatre and music are happening there. Our dedicated students often perform plays and concerts for the community and official events (such as the Presidential inauguration). Also, beyond the benefits of the education that our students receive, we contribute jobs for artists, educators, administrators and support personnel, we purchase goods and services, and are anchoring a respectable institution, beneficial to the community.
During this month we will also be presenting our achievements at two fundraising events: Continue reading →