Donna Kassin

If you’ve been a fan of THIRD WORLD from back in the day, then Willie needs no introduction and you really have to see with your own eyes the magic that happens when musical genius and talent decide to pay it forward and invest in our next generation of youth.
I’ve been fortunate to attend at least two of these “command performances,” as well as see Willie in action, live in his workshops with these kids — many of them from under-served communities, whom Willie has dedicated much of this next phase of his illustrious musical career toward helping.
The workshops are as joyful and infectious as Willie is pure high-energy talent and grace. The workshops are purpose-driven. And they are FUN. Therefore, it really is extraordinary and compelling to witness what happens when Willie has these kids for a while under his masterful wings. Their stories of transformation and the music they create are not only inspiring, they remind us that when all else fails, when we think kids are unreachable, lost even, music speaks to hearts, and to minds, and to souls.