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'Feeding the Spirit' A Concert for Music for Africa

7.30pm on 2 July 2016, Yeovil Masonic Hall, 23 Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset (opposite the Manor Hotel).

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of live music with Tom Toomey, Milly Riquelme, Martin Emslie and friends

Tickets 15 available from Waterloo Music, 16 Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1TE. shop@waterloomusic.co.uk Tel: 01935 507330

All proceeds to the Music for Africa charity. Click here for poster.


Congratulations Bethuel Tshoane

In April 2016 Bethuel Tshoane will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).

Well done Bethuel for all the hard work and fantastic achievement. Everyone at Music for Africa is very proud of you.

Bethuel is the second University Graduate student from the Music for Africa project and is currently studying towards an Honours Degree.


Lucky Swele Graduation

Music for Africa is very proud to announce that Lucky Swele has graduated with a Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. The graduation ceremony will take place on 14th April 2015. Well done Lucky on this fantastic achievement.


About Music for Africa

I had the honour of starting the charity in 1999. On my first trip to South Africa, I saw a young boy playing an empty oil can with a piece of wood nailed onto it as a guitar. As a professional guitarist myself, this touched me very deeply. There is no music education in the curriculum at schools but I could see how much these kids needed both music education and musical instruments.

With the help of the local people I set about starting an independent music school at Lehlake school in Phokwane.Thus The Lehlake Music Project began and has been funded by Music for Africa, which is mainly supported by people in the UK, ever since.

Since 1999 THE LEHLAKE MUSIC PROJECT has taught hundreds of children to learn classical and electric guitar, keyboard and drums in this remote part of South Africa. All our tuition and instruments are provided free. Each student has their own instrument to learn with, which they can take home. With the help of Elias Seloane head teacher we also built three large classrooms in 2002 to help with the growing number of students at the school.

Our principal Teacher Mathew Matebane is very motivated and extremely dedicated and continues to work selflessly and for very little pay. Since 2004, he has with the help of our other teachers entered over 100 students for Grade Exams with Trinity College of Music London. An examiner from the UK flies out every year to do this. In 2006/7, we won three bronze medal awards from Trinity College for three of our students who gained the highest marks in Grade 1 Classical guitar. The College only awards 50 bronze medals worldwide each year so this is an incredible achievement.

We aim to carry on helping the kids of South Africa and with your help we will be able to continue.


Thank you.

Tom Toomey

Founder and Chairman


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Music for the People of Yeovil

The students have written a song entitled Yeovil in appreciation of the people of Yeovil and the help they are receiving from Music for Africa and with a bit of help from Tom Toomey and Dave Wallace have recorded it.

Use the controls below to listen to it.