RICkulele partners with Instruments For Africa
We are pleased to announce that Instruments For Africa has just partnered up with UK artist Richard Thorpe and his wonderful RICkuleles!
A native of South Africa, Mr. Thorpe started playing the ukulele recently and after searching in vain for an instrument made from an oil can (a common sight in South Africa), the industrious tinkerer decided to build one of his own. And thus the RICkulele was born!
His design was so successful he decided to build more and offer the instruments for sale. Media attention including a feature on BBC's Spotlight has brought the RICkulele some well-deserved recognition and now, in an effort to give back to his home continent, Mr. Thorpe has offered to make a donation to Instruments For Africa with each unit sold!
Each RICkulele is handmade by Mr. Thorpe from recycled materials and fitted with a pickup so they can be amplified. It takes about two days to make each instrument and the attention to detail is admirable; they sound good and they look great! He currently ships the instruments within the UK. Please visit www.rickthorpe.com for more details.
This holiday season give the gift of music!
With the season of giving upon us musicians both young and old hope to be lucky enough to find new instruments under the tree; an upgraded guitar, a new flute, maybe even a child's first full-size violin.
Often the arrival of these new treasures forces the old instruments into the closet or the basement. Tools that were once loved and cherished begin to collect dust and whither as our new acquisitions get all the attention.
Why not take this opportunity to spread the joy of music across the globe? Your old instrument, music stand, tuner, instruction books, scores and other musical accessories can be the gift of a lifetime for so many eager musicians in Africa. When we donate your used equipment to schools and community centres each instrument is enjoyed by dozens of children and communities become empowered as teachers are given the tools they need to teach.
This Christmas Instruments For Africa is on the search for instrument donations of all kinds for our next shipment, scheduled for departure early in the new year. We are pleased to accept almost any instrument*, from flutes, trumpets and violas to keyboards and guitars, and everything is cleaned and serviced prior to shipping.
If you would like to help please click here to find out how. Don't forget to include your old music books, stands, tuners and other accessories with your donation!
*No acoustic pianos or used harmonicas please.