INSPIRATION

Our Stories

“This violin is like a second parent to us. It keeps our child grounded.”

Alfred Hadi, father of Phumzile (age 8, grade 3)

AT MUZUKIDZ, IT’S ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE VIOLIN.

Each child is part of story which spans multiple generations.  In many cases, these are tales of sacrifice, patience, and despair.

Empowering the child with the skill of making music offers an opportunity beyond merely his or her life; it offers hope for a better future to an entire family, and by implication a whole community.

Taking things one step at a time can be frustrating, but it is the only way to a more sustainable future. Fortunately through musical studies, children learn in an organic way that hard work, discipline and persistence are required for success – for now this may be relevant when learning a D major scale, but soon they will apply the same skills when working towards completing high school, embarking on tertiary education, and ultimately entering a job market that represents a career that can break the chain of poverty which the family has had to come to accept.

HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR STORIES

Inam Somdaka

Inam Somdaka

"I want to play the violin until I am old”      Inam Somdaka (8 years old, Grade 3) has been playing the violin for three years now. Being a single mother is not always easy for mom Lucia, but seeing her daughter light up when she plays her violin,...

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Phumzile Hadi

Phumzile Hadi

“Playing the violin shows that I am not just a girl. I am a girl with a lot of talent”      Phumzile Hadi (8 years old, Grade 3) is her parents, Phumla and Alfred's, pride and joy. Dad says the violin is like a second parent to them: "it keeps Phumzile...

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Allulutho Dwandwa

Allulutho Dwandwa

"She knows what is expected of her and she loves the violin” - Allulutho's Mum      Allulutho Dwadwa (10 years old, Grade 4) started playing the violin in Grade R. Her mother, Mongikazi, says "Allulutho" is the Xhosa name for "she means the world to...

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Siposethu Gontsi

Siposethu Gontsi

Playing the violin makes him calm, says Siposethu. “It makes me a good person.”  Taught by Maria Botha during his early years, Siposethu Gontsi has been playing the violin for the past ten years. Currently enrolled as a mechanical engineering student, Siposethu spends...

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