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Weʼre raising £60,000 to help fund a documentary about 12 young musicians from the slums of Uganda, traveling to the UK to perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Kampala Uganda & London, Cheltenham UK
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This is the inspirational journey of 12 young musicians from some of the roughest slums Uganda, to some of the biggest music stages in the world. It’s a story of resilience and hope, carried along by a joyous, foot-stomping celebration of music and life. At the heart of this film: the power of music to change lives and a charity called Brass for Africa.

Opportunities in life are rare for those in Kampala’s slums, but after a decade of tireless work there, Brass for Africa is giving some of its brightest talent the opportunity to fly to the UK and perform brilliant and beautiful brass music with one of the worlds greatest musicians - Wynton Marsalis. They will carry their trumpets, trombones, tubas, cornets and drums along with their extraordinary stories to the stage of legendary Jazz venue Ronnie Scott's in London and then onto the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. These young musicians with thrill the audiences with their music and move them with their passion. They will be traveling outside of their country for the first time. None have even stepped foot on an aeroplane.

For the orphans and street kids abandoned by their families in Kampala's slums, Brass for Africa has provided a lifeline through music. The charity's work in training hundreds of musicians, some as young as 6, has helped build a better future for the disadvantaged youth, infusing them with a self- confidence and self expression that makes them part of a community that cares. The teachers they train are local kids from the slums themselves - effectively front line social workers for whom brass music was a way to uplift and change their lives.

Julius is from Katwe slum and grew up in an orphanage, when his parents were unable care for him. He is now an exciting trombone talent playing in some Uganda’s best bands. Julius plans to wow audiences in the UK - including Wynton Marsalis.

"When I first starting play trombone I saw some videos of Wynton Marsalis on my phone. He is inspiration and I cannot believe I will be now be playing with him in Cheltenham. Music has given me a chance. I want the world to see what I can do."

Among those also on the trip are Sumayya, who is fast becoming a brilliant tuba player. She's just 18 and explains: "When people see me carrying my tuba they say to me, "Hey, you can't play that, you are a woman” and I tell them of course I can. So I say to the women, we can do this. Topowa! I tell them. Topowa! It means: Never Give up!”

Tedeo 21, lost his limbs in a horrific house fire when he was a baby, yet his resilience and passion to inspire others has seen him through school and now he is teaching and giving back to the children at the orphanage where he lived as a boy.

"I am excited to visit schools in the UK, I want to inspire others with hope that you can overcome the difficulties life puts in your path, no matter how tough things seem. If you never give up, you can make a difference."

We plan to be there to capture this incredible story, but we need your help to bring it to the screen. This film will showcase the these amazing musicians but also be a powerful tool for the charity, raising awareness through festival entires around the world. Empower them and empower us by helping to make this film possible and show the world: if you never give up, you really can turn your dreams into reality. Topowa!

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  • PHIX FILM2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Cheltenham Festival is in full swing and our Brass for Africa musicians are going down a storm! From teaching local school children how to play brass instruments and practicing hard ahead of their big stage performance with Wynton Marsalis. But there is always time for some delicious pizza in the park 🍕 🎺 🎉

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  • PHIX FILM3 months ago
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    3 months ago

    First airplane experience complete! First ever gig sold out at Ronnie Scotts, done! Auditions with the Royal Army, check ! The Band is having the time of their lives bringing audiences to tears and dazzling everyone they meet as they share their inspiring stories and exhilarating music in the UK. Not long to go before their big moment on stage with Wynton Marsalis at Cheltenham Festival! Please share and support the project by donating whatever you can to help our documentary film come to life! TOPOWA!!

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  • PHIX FILM3 months ago
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    3 months ago

    Sumaya grew up in Katwe slum and knows the challenges women face in this part of Uganda. As a woman you are not expected to learn to play an instrument. But that doesn’t hold her back. "When people see me carrying my tuba they say to me, "Hey, you can't play that, you are a woman and I tell them, of course, I can". So I say to the women, we can do this. Topowa!! It means: Never Give up!!”  Her message is clear — empowering women to defy the odds and follow their passion and their talent, no matter what obstacles they may face.

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  • Cameron Parker

    Cameron Parker

    Aug 8, 2019

  • Aaron Neville

    Aaron Neville

    Aug 7, 2019

    Well done Phix can’t wait to see finished work.

  • Roger

    Roger

    Aug 7, 2019

    Looks ace

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 16, 2019

    So stasi!!!! ❤️

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 10, 2019

    Beautiful project and so worth supporting!! Lots of love from Germany

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 10, 2019

    Cool Project!!!

  • Stéphanie Ruth

    Stéphanie Ruth

    Jul 10, 2019

    Awesome

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PHIX FILM

PHIX FILM

Kampala Uganda & London, Cheltenham UK

PHIX is a film production company based in London. We tell stories for advertising, film & TV. We want to use our skillset to help make a difference and having seen first hand the work being done in Uganda - meeting these incredible musicians this story simply has to be told.

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