Nic Hailey joins Ghetto Classics for guitar session in Korogocho

Nic Hailey at Ghetto Classics
Nic Hailey joins Ghetto Classics for a guitar session. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Yesterday, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, visited the Ghetto Classics programme in on of Kenya’s biggest slums, Korogocho.

Ghetto Classics is one of three programmes run by The Art of Music Foundation which was established in 2008 with a mission to promote the performance and appreciation of music in Kenya and to use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country.

Launched in the same year, Ghetto Classics is a community programme involving over 650 children in Korogocho, which is one of Kenya’s biggest slums and home to about 300,000 urban poor.

The programme uses music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. They do this by teaching them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music while also providing them with income generating opportunities.

Nic Hailey at Ghetto Classics
The Ghetto Classics sessions attended by Nic Hailey. Photo: Twitter/HCNIcHailey

Tweeting about his visit, Mr Hailey described it as a “privilege to make music today with Ghetto Classics”, describing the programme as “inspirational people changing kids’ lives.”

His Tweet also contained a message to Mike Sonko, telling the Nairobi Governor that he needs to “sort out Dandora dumpsite next door.”