Short one this.
I came across this via ‘Acoustic Guitar’, a magazine to which I subscribe. In it was a letter describing the work of Duncan Africa Guitars. Interesting story the genesis of which began in 1983 when a then 13 year old Canadian called Jay Duncan watched television about the millions dying through famine in Ethiopia. This is the famine which generated the creation of the 1985 Live Aid Concert. The images from that time remained with him but it wasn’t until 2005 that Jay, now a well known luthier, was able to do something about it. Africa, and the images, had stayed with him. He’d spent some time selling seven of his guitars to fund his first trip and, working with the Elders of Mpigi village in Uganda, recruited a number of young people to train as luthiers. As he says himself, it took time, sometimes it worked well and at other times it didn’t. Students learn about marketing, management, communication and finance which enables them to move on if they wish to other roles. The profit made from the sale of the guitars is theirs.
Wonderful what just one person can do for good, isn’t it?
The DuncanAfrica Society’s web site is here: https://duncanafrica.com and their guitars sound pretty fabulous.
J J Mitchell
‘No one left behind’