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July 28th, 2017

Let’s hear it for Africa’s girls!

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I started a “Just Because” section of this blog, because now I get to share with you here things that have nothing at all to do with India, and yet are so wonderful that they MUST be shared.

Like this all girl’s brass band in Uganda and their fabulous 10 year old conductor.

I have an enormous soft spot for Africa, having lived there, but even so, this is a story to cheer every soul 🙂

This made my day & I know, I just know, that it will bring a smile to so many faces.

Mbale Schools Girls Band

Here it is! The first all girls Brass Band in Africa!It won't come as a surprise to most of you to learn that girls are often discriminated against in Uganda. This is especially so in music. A girl asking to join a local brass band will often be met with a sneer and the usual comment of "girls are too weak to play a brass instrument – you go and play a side drum".In Mbale Schools Band we take the opposite view and encourage as many girls as possible to play an instrument. More than a third of our players are girls. So to all other Ugandan brass band leaders we say "look what you are missing out on"!The march the girls are playing is called The Villager by Maurice Raynor.

Posted by Mbale Schools Band on Monday, 24 July 2017

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