Orchestra Gold is a community-minded musical group focused on reinterpreting the
“big band” sound of independence-era Mali, West Africa. The core values of Orchestra Gold include:
- Political Awareness: Mali is a historically tolerant Muslim nation with a musical culture that has literally impacted the entire world. It is an opportunity for art to transcend the divide created by Islamophobia.
- Gender Equality: Although groups of independence-era Mali were exclusively fronted by men, Orchestra Gold is led by a woman from Mali.
- Cultural Preservation: Orchestra Gold promotes ancient music that is in danger of being lost in the onslaught of musical commercialization.
- Community-Focused, Equity-Minded: We plan to hold a series of workshops within Bay Area schools, prioritizing underprivileged African-American youth, to reconnect them with arts of their heritage.