Instruments4africa (I4A) is a not-for-profit (501c-3) organization formed to reinforce traditional music and the arts in West Africa.
Protecting time-tested cultural activities that support a positive cultural identity reinforces traditional values of tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution. Embedded in the songs, stories and ceremonies that are interpreted by artists and accompanied by traditional instruments, are lessons that advise or remind people about what is important in life. They explain the origins of interethnic cooperation and family ties, and dictate appropriate behavior in disputes and reconciliation strategies.
With the understanding that a large part of cyclical poverty is mental, I4A aims to buttress the value of traditional cultural “wealth” and support its transfer from generation to generation. Such validation adds to the village and societal cohesion, and strengthens generational ties. Such ties help inoculate village populations against the influence of extremist ideologies which threaten Mali, especially in the north of the country.
Instruments4africa (I4A) is a not-for-profit (501c-3) organization formed to empower underprivileged and at-risk youth through educational opportunities. We work to preserve traditional music and the arts in Africa. Our goal is to facilitate creative cooperation between Africa and the world. We are a volunteer-managed, grassroots organization. Our center of operations is in Mali, West Africa.