As thick white smoke from a huge garbage dump billowed into the sky and the smell fell over the audience, the brass section took deep breaths, the woodwind players pursed their lips and the string performers gripped their bows. Brian Kepher, the 21-year-old conductor of the Ghetto Classics orchestra, lifted his baton, gave a slight nod and cued the teenagers to begin.
The orchestra is part of the Ghetto Classics music education program, which benefits youth in the slum of Korogocho and other poor areas. The program, created in 2008, is one project of Kenya’s Art of Music Foundation, set up in 2009 to enrich the lives of young Kenyans through music. Read More via NYTimes.