For all these reasons, we’re super happy to be able to experience musical life in Africa through the work of a handful of amazing nonprofit organizations, learning communities, and platforms for creative expression, and we believe that the future of global popular music is already being shaped on the African continent as we speak. Here are six initiatives in Africa today doing constructive work for the future of music and music education.
Making any sort of impact through music requires an insane amount of work, as well as dedication, commitment, and inward-looking. From learning an instrument and writing songs to recording albums, booking shows, and embarking on tours, nothing good in music ever happens without a work ethic. Sure, there are times when inspiration for a song appears out of nowhere without effort or planning, but most momentum in music is generated by tedious non-musical work: writing emails, sticking to a regular rehearsal schedule, setting time aside each day to write music and play your instrument.
We can help you get your tracks sounding professional in six weeks. All of our mentored online courses come with 1-on-1 coaching, guidance, and feedback on your work. So whether you’re interested to dive deep into a production-related topic like Advanced Mix Techniques, Making Music in Logic Pro X, or Songwriting for Producers, or just to work with a Soundfly Mentor directly to achieve your next musical goal, your next phase starts with Soundfly.
Program fees: Housing is included, usually located just outside the parks for easy access, and most will come with a $2,000 stipend. Artists are responsible for their own travel, supplies, and food. The cost to apply is between $55 and $150.
Lisa Occhino is the founder of SongwriterLink and the Director of Marketing & Communications at Soundfly. She’s also a pianist, award-winning songwriter, and graduate of Berklee College of Music.
For a descending perfect fourth, look no further than the traditional “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” as the lyrics “I’ve” and “been” at 0:00 feature this interval.