Musical Bridges Around the World recently completed its African phase of community outreach Kids to Concerts program at no charge to the schools visited. Originally from Senegal, Africa and New York City, African musicians Abdou Mboup, Mar Gueye, and Craig Rivers performed at 10 schools (Wanke Elementary, Steubing Elementary, Locke Hill Elementary, Oak Meadow Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, McDermott Elementary, Rayburn Elementary, Vestal Elementary, Kriewald Road Elementary and Colonies North Elementary) over four days last week and introduced kids to African culture through music, colorful folk costumes and ethnic instruments. District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg visited Locke Hill Elementary during their Wednesday concert, greeting the children and introducing the musicians.
STIM, TEKS and STEM focused curriculum was presented during the concerts. Around 5,000 kids enjoyed the rythmic performances and learned some African expressions in the process.
One of the kids approached Abdou after the show to give him a crocheted flower she had made as a thank you for his beautiful performance.
Musical Bridges wants to thank board members Caleb Gonzales and Awilda Ramos, as well as volunteer Cecily David for investing enormous amount of time and effort into these concerts.
Musical Bridges would also like to thank District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier, and District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran for sponsoring these performances.