Inspired by the success of the Soweto project in 2017, the Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation is on a mission again to bring live equipment and trainings to young people in Africa. From the 24th of April to the 1st of May 2019, The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation will deliver a series of live sound trainings in a creative centre in Kitgum, Northern Uganda. The project, identified by Manchester-based charity InPlaceOfWar, will also receive a Yamaha PM5D mixing desk, instruments and equipment from the Foundation’s previous ‘Instrument Amnesty’ in 2017. The newly constructed space, led by Benny Muding aka MC Benny, will be a music hub for the youth community and the desk will help them bring a new life to the community by curating regular music events, helping them bring the theatre shows to a professional level. MC Benny is a farmer and beekeeper in northern Uganda. From the profit he makes from his agricultural business, he and his hip hop crew deliver hip hop workshops in prisons as part of the prisoners’ rehabilitation. He is completely un-funded and works with 6,000 young people each year. This project is in association with from both DiGiCo and Autograph who provided the desk and is fully funded by Michael Watt, Ronnie Scott’s Club owner and Foundation’s Trustee.

The Foundation will also visit a new ‘Instrument Amnesty’ beneficiary in Kampala, UK-based organisation BrassForAfrica, who support over 1000 children and young people in Uganda and Liberia every week through brass music education and life-skills training.

About In Place of War (IPOW):

In Place of War is a global organisation that uses creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change. We enable grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a culture of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom. Over fifteen years of research by leading academics and building grassroots international networks spanning 24 countries, In Place of War works across three pillars: the creation of creative hubs; creative and social entrepreneurial training and development and artistic collaboration.

About the desk

Since its release in 2004 the PM5D has become a standard for digital live mixing, and the first choice of legions of discerning engineers and sound companies throughout the world. Why? Simply because it offers extraordinary sound and versatility in a relatively small, lightweight system that is intuitive to use and delivers unmatched sound, control, and reliably without the need for additional outboard processing gear.


We identified, with the help of In Place Of War, a home-grown music centre in Soweto TrackSide Creative that was desperately in need of a professional mixing desk to develop their thriving music community. The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation stepped in and sent them Ronnie Scott’s Yamaha M7CL/48 mixing desk.

We sent out Ronnie Scott’s Technical Manager, Miles Ashton, along with Fatine Boumaaz, head of the Charitable Foundation, to run a serie of live sound workshops with some of the young people from the local community. These training will help make regular live music events possible and empower the local community through the magic of music making.

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“With Yamaha’s M7CL mixing desk from Ronnie Scott’s at Trackside, and us appreciating and imagining the amount of love, light and soul that it has helped carry over time, it feels like a baton has been handed to us to continue the tradition of keeping music alive on a grand scale. We’re looking forward to hosting the most magical concerts knowing that the spirit of Ronnie Scott guides us.”

Mambila Mageza

Runs Trackside with his partner Nthabiseng Letsoso