Hello from Norway!


The South Participants of PULSE 6 have now been in Norway for about 3 weeks and have already completed one important project; FeriePULSE. FeriePULSE is a low threshold holiday program that aims to give children and youth that does not have plans for their holiday an opportunity to participate in a holiday activity based on music and dance. FeriePULSE is offered in various school holidays and this was the first time it was arranged during the autumn holiday. 46 children and youth between 7 and 17 years and 4 peer educators participated in the project in Bergen.  Together we developed a music and dance show inspired by South African and Norwegian music traditions.


2018 is an important year for several local cultural institutions; Bergen’s main concert arena Grieghallen and Bergen Cultural School is celebrating their 40 years of existents, and NMF their 100th anniversary. Saturday 20th October the three events was marked with a family concert and HøstPULSE was invited to perform their show together with the well-known professional orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.IMG_0028


To see the children from HøstPULSE and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra sharing one stage playing, dancing and singing Norwegian and South African music together was truly an amazing experience.  We have no doubt that the experience gave the children a feeling of achievement and mastering which is one of the goals, PULSE is working to achieve. We believe that if children are given an opportunity to share stage with professional musicians at an early age, this will inspire and motivate them to continue with after school activities. We also believe that this will have a positive effect on children and youth in the audience – Grieghallen was full that day!

Photos by Martin Sibiya

written by Chief Zwane


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Educational Band Visit to Thabazimbi

How would it make you feel if…..
You had to build a simple structure without being able to see? Without being able to talk? Or without being able to use your fingers?
These are some of the challenges the Tutor Team in Thabazimbi got to experience during their workshop, through activities such as the Tallest Structure.
PULSE 6 had the pleasure of doing their first Educational Band Visit last week, and it was a week filled with music, health, exchange of knowledge and laughs. PULSE 6 has now been continuing the work of PULSE 5 with the focus on the Holistic Aspect of music& dance, as well as Disability Awareness. What FBF and PULSE means by the Holistic Aspect is that music&dance has health benefits, not just for one part of the body but for the body as a whole. Physically, mentally and socially.
Field Band Foundation is doing an amazing job having inclusive bands, meaning that no disability nor gender is a barrier for learning music&dance. Therefore, PULSE is spending a lot of the workshop teaching about Disability Awareness.
Being able to….
  • Create an understanding about disabilities
  • Identify different disabilities
  • Use the correct terminology
  • Properly teach members with disabilities

…will minimize the barriers, misconceptions and myths. Remember, it is the doctor who gives you a diagnosis, however it is you who decides if/how disabled you are. Exclusion  can make a disability feel bigger than it is, so it’s by creating awareness about these topics that the field bands achieve their great diversity.


In addition to the Educational Band Visit, PULSE had the chance to see the beauty of Thabazimbi with all the animals it offered. Seeing Giras every day, to and from work, was a dream come true!

Thank you Thabazimbi!


Written by: Madeleine

Photos by: Madeleine&Lise

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FBF National Championship

On Saturday, PULSE got to experience the annual National Championship, which was held at Alexandra Stadium. The bands that were there delivered a fantastic show! The hot weather did not stop the high energy that the performers, facilitators and audience had. PULSE were working hands-on on the field, helping out with instruments and the sponsors Black Like Me (hair products).


PULSE is so grateful to have been a part of this event, especially so early in the year. The Nationals gave PULSE even more inspiration and motivation for the year and PULSE can’t wait to start working with these wonderful musicians. Seeing the dedication, discipline and true musical spirit really warms a  musicians heart and the diversity and inclusion in the bands really captures the true meaning of Field Band Foundation. There were 7 year olds playing right next to 17 year olds, it was an even amount of boys and girls and members with different disabilities were participating and performing just like everyone else in the band. One thing that really stood out was the advanced choreography and marching formation performed, in addition to the fact that everything was performed from memory. This is something you rarely see in Norwegian bands, and it is something PULSE would love to bring back to Norway.


Congratulations to all the winners!

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Written by: Madeleine

Photos by: Lise & Madeleine


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Hello from PULSE 6!

Hello from the new North Participants PULSE round 6!

PULSE 6 is going on their third week here in Johannesburg and it has been an exciting and interesting journey so far! The first week was spent doing an important Transfer of Knowledge between PULSE 5 and PULSE 6. PULSE 6 received a great amount of information to be able to successfully carry on the project. THANK YOU PULSE 5! The week finished off with an office braai and PULSE 5 presentations.
Also, the SP PULSE 6 team has now safely arrived in Norway and we wish them an amazing time!
Get to know PULSE 6! 
North Participants PULSE 6: Jakob, Tove, Lise and Madeleine
South Participants PULSE 6: Bongani, Mxolisi, Tshepang and Chief
During the second week, both SP and NP PULSE 5 and 6 went to Indaba Hotel for the FK Norway training course. This course offers an introduction to exchange programs which consists of practical things that are important to know before moving to a new country, adaptation, cultural differences, challenges and health and safety. The course also offers a closing course for people that have just finished their exchange where they present their exchange projects, reflect on how the year was, challenges and differences and future plans. Besides from the course work, it was an amazing experience to get to know people from different countries and to socialize over great food and entertainment!
This week the Head Office and PULSE are busy preparing for the National Championship which takes place on Saturday. Please stay tuned for updates and pictures from this exciting event!
Written by: Madeleine Klouda
Photos   by: Eva Bortne
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Is There Really a Correlation Between Music and Health?

This week has been a hectic and good week for PULSE. At this point there are a total of 15 PULSE participants in Johannesburg. This includes all the participants from PULSE round 5 and round 6, both Norwegian and South African. The week has been eventful with a lot of information, transfer of knowledge, a high-level presentation, a visit to Alexandra Field Band and much more.


Alexandra Field band with the PULSE teams

On Wednesday, PULSE 5 south and north participants held a presentation for both internal and external stakeholders including the new PULSE teams that are taking over the project. The topic for the presentation was: Is there really a correlation between music and health? To answer that, PULSE talked about the experience they encountered throughout the year, in addition to what the main activities in the two countries have been. PULSE is talking about health in a holistic perspective. “Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” As defined by WHO (moderated by PULSE).


Nicky du Plessis Presenting the new and old PULSE teams at the high level presentation.

In addition to talking, these videos were shown at the presentation. Take a look at them and decide for yourself if there really is a correlation between music and health:

From sommerkurs in Norway:

Video made by PULSE in South Africa, How does Field band make you feel:

PULSE5 wishes the new group of PULSE participants GOOD LUCK, and take good care of the project.

Here are some more pictures from the week:



Written by: Hanna Bakke Negård

Photos by: Eva Bortne, Hanna Bakke Negård, Masibulele Langa, Irene Okoye

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PULSE 5 is coming to an end

The fifth year of PULSE- Stronger Together is moving towards an end. There are only 3 weeks left of the exchange period. During this last year, the PULSE team in South Africa has visited almost all of the different bands in Field Band Foundation (FBF) together with Field Band Education (FBE) with the model Educational Band Visit. There are now only 4 bands left to visit during this round of EBV, these visits are scheduled and will happen with FBE, the Peer Educators and the new PULSE team (PULSE6).


Doing activities with the team in Sterkstroom

The model “Educational Band Visit” was created as a way to keep up-skilling the staff with the FBE and PULSE curriculum after the Field Band Academy was closed. The question is; is it really helping the staff, and will there be evidence of improvement of the skills and knowledge in the tutor teams? PULSE and FBE developed and distributed a knowledge and skills assessment that all tutors, BCs, POs and SOs did before the second round of Educational Band Visit started. The results from this assessment were helpful when deciding the set up and content for the band visits. The plan is to distribute the same knowledge and skills assessment after all bands have been visited. The results will be analysed as pre- and post-assessments and the results from the two will be compared. This will show if the model of Educational Band Visit is the way forward. The result will also help analysing the needs for a new round of band visits.


The last weeks of PULSE 5 are spent with finalising the scheduled tasks and goals, and make plans on how to transfer the knowledge to the next PULSE participants. It is important that the knowledge will be passed on in a comprehensible manner.

Here are some pictures of all the teams PULSE 5 has visited during the round 2 of Educational Band Visit. Change Agent Action Plan is something all teams make at the end of the Educational Band Visit. Every tutor write down one topic from the curriculum they have been taught throughout the week that they will focus extra on.

Written by: Hanna Bakke Negård

Pictures by: PULSE team

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Activity Guide

The Activity Guide is a collaboration project with Oslo Sports Circle. The project is a pilot in NMF Øst and will also be tested in NMF Hordaland from August 2018. The Activity Guide will assist children and young people into an organised leisure activity. On 24 August 2018, The Activity Guide was published for the first time in Bergen.

During the launch of the activity guide, four employees from NMF, two PULSE members and seven participants attended. In Oslo, five NMF employees, two PULSE members, three Oslo Sports Circle leaders and 14 participants attended.The PULSE team contributed with the planning of this workshop, and it lasted for two days. The main role for PULSE was to run and test new activities from their activity library because they will use the activities in all their planned workshops and sessions. PULSE will be working hand in hand with this project to take the concept of inclusion to a higher level. We would like to see improvement in numbers of children and youth from linguistic minorities participating in recreational activities. The relationship between PULSE and Oslo Sport Circle will hopefully contribute towards equality regarding this particular group of youth, and this will make them to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Great minds think alike, and the relationship between PULSE and Oslo Sports Circle will create amazing opportunities for linguistic minorities in Norway. We hope this will bring people together and contribute to social inclusion. We are looking forward to seeing the results of this project.

Written by: Denis Mashabane and Masibulele Langa

Photos by: PULSE team and Anne Oksfjellelv

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