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Maestrina Elem Silva  (Bahia, Brazil)

Elem created a Band named Children of Rocinha (favela) in the Pelourinho when she was only 8 years old. She started playing with recycled cans, buckets and bottles and with the help of tourists, she later bought leather instruments for the band.

Throughout her 20s, she lead a drum band, helping kids stay off the streets and off drugs.

Global Music Project contributed funds for her band to get all new instruments – about 30 drums, in total. This story is told in the following film. 

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The film…

Maestrina da Favela is a coming-of-age documentary, following the life of Afro-Brazilian, female percussionist Elem Silva between the ages of 13-22. Elem created a band, at 8 years old, named "Meninos da Rocinha do Pelo (Children of the Rocinha in the Pelo)" in her favela to liberate youth from a life of drugs, violence and poverty.

Global Music Project joined the project as an Associate Producer and contributed funds for her band to get new instruments.

Mobirise

Elem Says Thank You

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