26 May Beats Without Boundaries
As part of the Alchemy Festival in association with Black Country Touring, taking place in the Black Country this week, we were privileged to welcome some of the International rap artists to the RSA Academy.
Rap artists from across India travelled into the UK especially for the festival and dropped into the Academy to share some of their knowledge and expertise about rap with music technology and Year 9& 10 GCSE students.
They spoke about their difficult journeys into music, such as a lack of resource and access to the arts. Naezy, from the slums of Mumbai, treated the students to some of the lyrics he had written about his stuggle.
One of India’s only female rap artists, DeeMc, encouraged students to develop their talents within the arts and was very impressed by the facilities and resources the Academy could offer budding musicians.
Black Zhang spoke about the ‘Ghettos’ of Bangladesh and how there were only 1 keyboard and computer available for an entire area.
Despite all of their difficulties, the artists have managed to become successful in life and the message to the students was clear from them all: hard work and determination mean you can be successful and, with so much technology and equipment at their fingertips, our students have a fantastic head start!
You can follow the rappers journeys on twitter on the following links:
Accompanying the rappers was music producer and songwriter Simon Duggal, who has worked with Shania Twain, Maxi Priest and Boyzone! Simon gave the students advice about working within the music industry and an insight into life as a successful producer. As part of the session we found our very own talented rapper too!
We would like to thank Black Country Touring, Simon Duggal and the team from Alchemy for making this happen.
If there are any other artists out there who would like to work with the students at RSA Academy do get in touch!