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Ghetto Classics

Ghetto Classics

Using music to inspire and empower teenagers

Image above: Elizabeth Njoroge with the Ghetto Classics Orchestra she founded

LCJB winner for Africa, Thuku Kariuki, showcases the work of Ghetto Classics – an orchestra founded by Elizabeth Njoroge in 2009, to bring inspiration to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Ghetto Classics helps children learn the value of perseverance and gives them confidence as well as teaching them music. The Ghetto Classics orchestra performs every year at the Safaricom Jazz Festival and has entertained many dignitaries, including Pope Francis.

Find out more about Ghetto Classics from the video below, or download the transcript of the video at the top of this page.

Ghetto Classics transcript

Playing cello with Ghetto Classics

"All they want is encouragement. They're like any other child."

Elizabeth Njoroge

Ghetto Classics is run by the Art of Music Foundation in Kenya. It involves 650 children in Korogocho – which is one of Kenya’s biggest slums and home to about 300,000 urban poor.

Playing flute with Ghetto Classics

"Ghetto Classics has helped me so much. It has enabled me to go to school, to feel that I am at home."

Tracy Akinyi, Member of Ghetto Classics