Babatunde Olatunji

When I was first preparing to the leave the US for Africa,  I had the pleasure of working on a biography of the legendary Nigerian drummer, Babatunde Olatunji. One afternoon Baba and I were together and I was explaining to him my plans for setting up a Yoga Studio in Bamako, Mali and offering free […]

Musical instruments

The original concept for instruments for Africa began when I first came to Mali to study music in January of 2003.  I was taking courses with very talented musicians, who had been playing and performing for decades yet could not afford a quality instrument. Coming from the United States, I am aware of all the […]

Village Conservatories

Another priority of I4A is to support traditional arts in the village.  As economies in West Africa liberalize and life becomes more expensive for the poor, young people are forced to leave their villages and go to the cities in search of work and money.  As West African cities grow and increasingly become centers of […]