The event was a great success for Uperform. In the beginning of the event we had a Studio workshop for those who were interested in making beats and seeing how these things work. The turnout to the workshop was a good amount with around 20 people. Soon after it was time for people to mingle& get to know each other as there was stalls of different companies in the main hall with those being BIRD who offer one to one mentoring through music, Beyond the Beat who are entertainment providers, KRPT are a team of 8 who through their work are on a mission to grow and support the scenes they love. As time went by friends, families & the local youth started to roll in, the space was looking packed. At this point we decided to get things rolling and get the host interacting with the crowd as soon as he introduced himself and got a good connection with them we brought out the first act of the night Samuel King, he performed two great poems that he had wrote just for this night. After him we had a very interesting talk from Aaron Samuels about the music industry and what goes in and around it. To keep the event running smoothly we had a perfect soothing singer who goes by the name of Dedrie who kept the mood of the night subtle after a while it was time for the man, the guy Moses Gomes-Santos to talk about how CYP has helped him get to where he is today and what’s kept him staying on track, very inspirational. Lastly, we had a performance and talk from one of our very own Strive, he blew us away with the performance ending the night on a high. At the end of the evening people ate food Uperform had provided and this gave everyone a chance to continue engaging with people they have not met before.
Anthony Ikenwe (19)/ Uperform
Islington Tribune News 9th March 2017/ Photo – Mikey Bharj and actor Moses at the Copenhagen Youth Project
CALLY locals packed into the Copenhagen Youth Project last Thursday for the launch of their much-anticipated new music studio in partnership with Loud Futures. The evening was complete with live performances from some project veterans, including spoken word poet Samuel King, a Q&A with Mikey Bharj, comedian and events presenter from Loud Futures, music industry workshops and a lavish spread cooked up by the CYP boys. “Music has always been a big part of our project,” said Steve Griffith, project director. “We have various cohorts of young people at the project – those already motivated, those not sure which way they’re going and others who are struggling with their environment. The studio can provide something for all those young people”. Inspired by the successes of former members, Nathaniel Williams, who has developed his own label, Alpha Music, and Tomte Anabraba, the young man behind London Living – a creative youth platform – music projects have flourished at the club over the past few years. The studio was made available by Loud Futures, who work to harness creativity and music in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and will be used for open and closed sessions with CYP set to offer a range of workshops. Look out for a number of exciting events coming up this year