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April Clare Welsh
21 December 2023, 14:31

Kampala music school, Homeland Brass Band, launches fundraiser for permanent home

The school has become a "safe haven" for the music students since first opening 2015

Homeland Brass Band
Photo via Nyege Nyege Festival

A music school in Kampala, Homeland Brass Band, has launched a fundraiser for a permanent home. 

The grassroots music school was set up in 2015 by Nyege Nyege Tapes affiliates HHY & The Kampala Unit and the group's trumpet player, producer and multi-instrumentalist Florence Lugemwa aka FloMoon or DJ Flo.

Lugemwa has been running music classes for over 25 children in the under-resourced neighbourhood of Gabba. The school offers "a safe haven for children allowing parents, often single mothers, to work while their kids are learning music in a safe environment", according to a press release. Many of the students now view her as a "parental figure".

Lugemwa is now looking for help in covering school expenses, school materials, care, advice and clothes with the aim of raising $20,000 to fund a permanent home. You donate to the fundraiser here.

A short documentary about the school has been released to accompany the campaign, which you can watch below.

In other Nyege Nyege Tapes news, the label recently released a four-volume retrospective of Angolan kuduro and tarraxinha pioneer DJ Znobia.