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Spotlight on Young People's Achievements in National Youth Music Week

25 October 2008

Youth Music Week in the Humber Region focuses on Afro- Rock

Photo/Broadcast Opportunity: Friday 31 October, 2pm at the Albemarle Music Centre, Ferensway Hull HU2 8LN. Young people from around the Humber Region who have taken part in music workshops during National Youth Music Week will be showcasing their achievements.

During the October half term, 100 teenagers from the Humber Region are taking part in a series of Afro Rock music workshops, inspired by a recent project with the world music band Etran Finatawa who appeared at this year's highly successful Musicport Festival in Bridlington.

These activities will be run by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - and BBC Blast,as part of the National Youth Music Week celebrations organised annually by Youth Music to celebrate music of all kinds.

The band members from Niger worked with GCSE and 'A' level school children from Headlands Secondary School in Bridlington and Music4U's community musicians to learn African singing rhythms, drumming and guitar playing and gave the young people the chance to perform live on stage with them at Musicport.

Now Music4U's community musicians Lisa Oliver, Carol Dawson and Donna Smith will take what they learnt from these talented musicians and teach these new Afro Rock rhythms to young people in the region. Carol Dawson added that it had been a fantastic learning experience for the community musicians as well and they were now looking forward to sharing this knowledge. She elaborated: "The Niger musicians have given us a wealth of experience to pass on to young people in the region. The music is really so accessible and the rhythms so captivating, it will be very easy for everyone to join in regardless of their experience."

There will be four workshops next week - one in Hull, Scunthorpe. Bridlington and Grimsby and at the end of the week all the teenagers who have taken part will join together on Friday (31 Oct) at the Albemarle Centre in Hull where they will rehearse and then perform a concert for family and friends. They will also have opportunity to load their music, video and lyrics onto the BBC Blast website at www.bbc.co.uk/blast where their work can be listened to by thousands of other young people around the country. The website is also a useful resource for young people with lots of tips and tools covering a range of commonly asked questions ranging from how to put sound insulation in home studio through to what to you need to know when hiring a PA for a gig.

These activities will be run by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - and BBC Blast, as part of the National Youth Music Week celebrations organised annually by Youth Music to celebrate music of all kinds.

Delma Tomlin, Music4U's Director added: "This is another fantastic for young people in the region to make music. We have been very lucky to work alongside the world music musicians Etran Finatawa who have
clearly inspired our community musicians and the young people. We have to thanks them for creating such a great musical legacy in our region by giving us the opportunity to find out first hand about their music and culture. It is a huge privilege to able to pass this knowledge and experience on to other young people in the region."

Other activities happening in Youth Music Week in the region include a Teenage Kicks: Under 16's Night Wednesday 29 October from 6pm - 9.30pm at Trin Youth Centre in Cleethorpes) organised by Richard Tipple, one of Music4U's young ambassadors and supported by North East Lincolnshire Council. This event features local young people and professional DJs, rappers and MCs including SOULBRUVA, DAVE CURTIS, Mike Society, NAYF RYDER, DJ TipZtaR[MC]. Tickets priced £2 are available from Trin Youth Club in advance on 01472 500029 or on the door.

Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music who work in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils and supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More information about Music4U and the BBC Blast workshops can be found on the website at www.humber-music4u.com or on myspace at www.myspace.com/music4uhumber. Further information about Youth Music Week can be found at: www.youthmusic.org.uk


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Press Contact: Shona Galletly on 07813 796 733 / 0113 255 1308
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Web Address: www.humber-music4u.com

Editor's Notes:

Music4U is the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at www.humber-music4u.com
BBC Blast is a BBC initiative which encourages, inspires and supports 13 to 19 year olds throughout the UK to get creative. It helps young people develop their skills and turn their ideas for art, dance, film, music, writing and games in to a reality. Their website is packed with opportunities to upload content, receive on-line tutorials and a wealth of accessible information www.bbc.co.uk/blast

Youth Music Week - is an annual event in the October half term holidays run by Youth Music. More information is available at www.youthmusicweek.org.uk

Etran Finatawa - Among the grasslands of the Sahel and the shifting sand dunes of the Sahara desert, two legendary nomadic peoples, the Wodaabe and Tuareg, are joined together through the raunchy guitars, camel-gait percussion and haunting voices of Etran Finatawa. Reflecting on their roots and with a nostalgia and warmth that mirrors the majesty of their desert home, these six musicians have toured constantly all over the World since the release of their BBC Award-nominated first album in 2006. The latest album Desert Crossroads, received excellent reviews in the national press. More information is available at: www.etranfinatawa.com and www.myspace.com/etranfinatawa