WESTSIDE SCHOOL FEAT. SOWETO KINCH, FEMME, WATUSI87 & DJ YODA
SINGING AND SONGWRITING WORKSHOPS @ WESTSIDE SCHOOL IN HAMMERSMITH, LONDON
From June to July 2018, the Foundation organised a 5-week singing and songwriting workshop with a group of schoolchildren from a Pupil Referral Unit School based in Hammersmith.
The school, maintained by the local authority, is specifically organised to provide education for children who are excluded, sick, or otherwise unable to attend a mainstream or special maintained school.
This programme was set up after the young people expressed an interest in participating in a music education programme, something that the school didn’t offer at the time. This workshop aimed at giving them a quick insight on how to write a song and perform to a live audience.
The young people were mentored by top British musicians such as jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, house DJ and singer FEMME and London rapper Watusi87.
The project concluded up with a performance on Ronnie Scott’s main stage as the support act of young American trumpeter and activist Keyon Harrold on July 4th with UK Hip Hop MC, DJ Yoda joining for the occasion.
17 children were initially involved, with 4 making it to the final performance – they were also able to meet Keyon Harrold which was very insightful for them.
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your hard work over the past 5 weeks which culminated in Wednesday’s performance. We’re all really proud of what the children managed to achieve with your support. Fatine, be warned the children have already started asking what happens next! Thank you from the school, the children and their parents.”
In October 2018, we carried on our work with Westside School by organising a series of DJ workshops for beginners. These 10 sessions ended with a performance in front of the school. The lucky participants got to learn about the basics of DJing and music production. A total of seven students participated in these sessions.