BUSKAID

Buskaid is a charitable trust registered in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1992 by British viola player Rosemary Nalden, in response to a BBC radio interview she heard, highlighting the plight of a group of young string players in Diepkloof, Soweto. She enlisted the support of a few of her musician friends to do a massive busk at 16 British Rail stations throughout London. In two hours they raised £6000 for the benefit of the young township musicians. Since then several hundred distinguished musicians have participated in a further four "Busks".

The Buskaid Soweto String Project (BSSP), established in 1997, is made up of younger members of the original Soweto project and an ever-increasing number of new beginners. All its students are drawn from the less privileged local community and range in age from eight to twenty-one. The BSSP is housed in the Buskaid Music School which was completed in May 1999 and consists of a small auditorium, a music library and seven teaching studios.

These superbly trained BUSKAID musicians have travelled to New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Colombia and France, dispensing their amazing talent and human qualities to enchanted audiences.

They are a South African national treasure!

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