Musical girl power

BAR HARBOR — Former Mount Desert Island resident Miriama Broady and Bar Harbor resident Noreen Hogan are teaming up this year to create a women’s music school in Tujering, the Gambia, in West Africa.

Broady, a musician, music teacher and former Summer Festival of the Arts instructor, has a new album out, with all proceeds going to support the Groovy African Ladies Music School. The album, “Far and Wide,” is available on her indiegogo fundraising page for the school, along with other perks, including a house concert or world music dinner in your home during a Sept. 2016 tour.

In 2013, Broady traveled to Tujering to volunteer at a women’s development center there. She brought her own guitar and one to give away, but there was so much interest that she bought six more and began a guitar workshop. Her students there were the most committed and excited she’s ever taught, she said.

This winter, she plans to return to the center to get the school going. Hogan, a photographer and graduate of the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, plans to join her in January to create a documentary film.

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