Music Earth Rise and our Zambian Music Centre in Mukuni Village

March 26th 2013

MER Music Centre

It’s been a while, but sometimes things just take a little more time than you expect ! So here it is after 2 and a half years of first stepping foot in Zambia; the Zambian music centre is finally built!

A reminder all of where it all began:

It all started with a philanthropic trip to look at projects run by The Butterfly Tree charity and to hold music workshops for the children of Mukuni village. After the success of the workshops I donated my guitar to the school and along my travelling partner, Valerie, we came up with the idea to build a music centre for the children of Mukuni Village in association with The Butterfly Tree charity.

Due to the high poverty levels there is very little for these young people to do outside the classroom. Providing these facilities will give the children an opportunity to develop music skills. In addition to being used as a teaching establishment music, the idea was also to be used to hold concerts and drama productions to assist the HIV/AIDS prevention and the fight against this devastating virus.

To kick start the campaign, in October 2010 I (Brendan) cycled to The Thatch pub in Croyde, North Devon to play an open mic night with my trusty sidekick and former guitarist Nick. Over 3 nights and four days, we called this ’3 Steps to Devon’.

Following that we then launched the Music Earth Rise live events in March 2011 at The Betsey Trotwood pub in Farringdon. Music Earth Rise then hosted an event at The Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush including artists LTJ Bukem, Steve Forrest from Placebo and Nathan Flutebox Lee.

There was also a Music Earth Rise auction with items donated personally from Ronnie Wood, The Prodigy and Ivor Novello award winner, Terry Britten who donated one of his guitars which recorded Tina Turners hit ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ and was also signed by Eric Clapton back in 1986.

Since the launch of the project we have raised over £12,000 for the music centre and are very please to see the phase 1 build.

Music Earth Rise has also collected 9 guitars for the Zambian music centre and we are now in the process of working out how to get them out there. If you have any recommendations please do drop us a line !

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