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About PVD World Music 

Our Team

PVD World Music is supported by a group of volunteer staff, board members and summer interns who come from a diverse background. 

Our Staff

Chance Kinyange Boas

Founder, Program Design


Chance was born in Katumba Refugee Camp and grew up in Mtabila Refugee Camp in western Tanzania, East Africa. He moved to Providence, RI with his mother and three brothers in 2008. Chance graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and attended the Community College of Rhode Island. He then transferred to Bryant University where he received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting in 2014. After college, Chance worked for prominent organizations such as Xerox, Yale University and Brown University. Chance founded PVD World Music Institute to promote and celebrate the joy of traditional music of African refugees and immigrants like him in New England. In 2023, Chance joined Wesleyan University to study Ethnomusicology and is currently building a Library in Tanzania. Chance invests his free time in the community and hanging out with his two nephew. 


Padini Nirmal

Director of Strategy, Community and Research


Padini Nirmal is an artist and systems-designer with a focus on anticolonialism and sustainability. She was raised in a rich Tamil musical tradition and loves to sing with her musician-father. She holds a doctorate in Geography, specializing in decolonial feminist political ecology and anticolonial community engagement, and a masters in International Development and Social Change focused on participatory development, both from Clark University, as well as a masters in Communication and a bachelors in Economics from India. She has worked with social justice movements and grassroots peace activists from around the world for two decades and currently supports peace efforts by building sustainable systems and shaping anticolonial agendas for small and large organizations. She brings her evolving, embodied peace practice to PVD World Music, with a keen focus on decolonization and creating loving futures for all. She is also a practicing artist who makes slow and sustainable jewelry with mixed reclaimed materials, drawings with pen and paper and fiber art using the Saori weaving method. 

Ian Lyle

Production Team, Live Sound Technician


Ian grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, busking in downtown Burlington and spending all his earnings on CDs and bus fare. He moved to Providence in 2017 to study at Brown University, and graduated in 2022 with a B.A. in Geophysics. Ian has grown as a musician under the mentorship of sitarist Srinivas Reddy, master drummer Martin Obeng, and audio producer James Moses, while expanding his rock, folk, and jazz roots with his friends. He records original music that can be found at Motivated by an anticolonialist ethic, a love of learning, and the truth of music; Ian loves to celebrate his neighbors' music and cultural heritage with PVD World Music.

Our Board

Eillen Kwesiga*

Adam Anderson*

Chance Kinyange Boas*

Huy Ho*

Dominique Sindayiganza

Si Jie

*Founding member

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