An award-winning Ugandan band by the name of Brass for Africa joined other global bands at the Verbier Festival to showcase their brilliant talent.
Held in the glorious Swiss Alps, this breathtaking setting hosts the best of the classical music world and its young emerging talents.
A very positive experience according to Kidega Brian, member of the group: “People appreciate our performances and are very welcoming, and the environment is very beautiful. We’re like, it’s a new house to say and it’s just very nice.“
Music is an incredibly powerful tool to engage and transform and Brass for Africa uses music to champion our four strategic goals of; work readiness, community empowerment, disability inclusion and gender equality.
“We have to introduce ourselves and we represent Uganda and Africa as a whole and the students that we go there and we teach music and life skills that are very, very inspired by us, and they know that our teachers are in Switzerland and they do a wonderful thing to represent us. It’s just amazing“adds Kidega.
The NGO’s musicians, from underprivileged backgrounds, are also music and life skills teachers. Brass for Africa is part of the festival’s UNLTD series, which aims to shine a light on emerging musical talent.
“Brass Africa is a non-profit organization that provides music and life skills to over 2000 children and young people in Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Liberia. So we have music, all of us who have played here, we music and life skills teachers and we teach every week“, explains Nabakooza Sumayya.
They work in partnership with community organizations and our local team of teachers are all African and alumni of the programs themselves.