Since 2003, Paul Chandler has been living and teaching in the West African country of Mali, where he has organized numerous events and projects for international agencies. The music programs that Chandler taught for ten years at the American International School of Bamako used a hybrid of western pedagogy and traditional methods of music acquisition and were co-taught with Malian artists in residence.
A musician and music producer, he and Tama Walley founded the non-profit Instruments for Africa in 2007 to reinforce traditional music and the
arts in West Africa and to empower underprivileged and at-risk youth through academic and cultural educational opportunities. Instruments for Africa’s events and spaces bring people together with the common goal of mending the social fabric of today’s Mali through shared artistic expression, culture, and history, emphasizing Malian’s similarities and their long-standing traditions of tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cultural and Education