Fender Donates Guitars for Kids in Africa

Greg Engle/ August 27, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Fender donates guitars for kids in Africa

Fender Donation w Jeff Van Zandt Small

Greg Engle (left) and Stephen Doster (right) accept five Fender guitars from Fender’s Austin representative, Jeff Van Zandt (right), on behalf of Guitars for Swaziland.  Four of the guitars will go to Mauritania, where a fledgling music school and a foundation for the preservation of Mauritanian music will each receive two.  The fifth guitar will be auctioned off at Imagine, a John Lennon birthday celebration on October 9, 2016 at Threadgill’s (south). Proceeds from the auction will help fund Guitars for Swaziland projects that give African children the opportunity to learn to play the guitar.

About Greg Engle

Austin singer-songwriter Greg Engle, a career diplomat, has led a life of constant travel. He’s witnessed attempted coups, had lunch with Nelson Mandela, and seen two African dictators fall. Four songs on his debut album (2010), “Take It Personally,” provide colorful accounts of his many years in Africa. He is a founding member of the East Coast-based Duke Street Liberation Army Band, which released its debut album, “Arsenal of Love,” in 2014. Engle won first prize in the 2011 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. His songs have played on radio programs around the U.S.

Engle and veteran Austin musician and producer Stephen Doster have performed and conducted songwriting workshops in Swaziland (2012) and Lesotho (2015) as part of the U.S. State Department’s Arts Envoy program.

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