On November 14, 2009, instruments4africa was invited by the mayor to a meeting of high officials for ‘Commune 5′…this is the community we work in. Everyone agreed that no matter how impoverished the community is, Mali’s best resource is its rich culture and th
Cultural Preservation, Education, & Reconciliation in Mali. Instruments4africa (I4A) is a not-for-profit (501c-3) organization formed to reinforce traditional music and the arts in West Africa. We promote time-tested cultural activities that support traditional values of tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution. We work to empower underprivileged and at-risk youth through academic and cultural educational opportunities. We organize events and create spaces that bring people together with the common goal of mending the social fabric of today’s Mali through shared artistic expression, culture, and history, emphasizing Malian’s similarities and their long-standing tradition of tolerance.