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Rapagam - Music Fusion in North Lincs

07 February 2005

Rapping, jazz improvisation and gamelan playing are on the menu for young people in North Lincolnshire this Easter.

Rapping, jazz improvisation and gamelan playing are on the menu for young people in North Lincolnshire this Easter.

Well-known trombonist Dennis Rollins, described by Jazz Wise as 'the most exciting British trombonist for decade', DJ/Rapper David Okwesia and gamelan musician, Lisa Oliver, join together to offer an electric and exciting music fusion project - the first of its kind in the region.

This project is aimed at young people aged 10 upwards. The music professionals will run a two-day workshop to create a CD that will encompass these varied music style. No previous musical experience is necessary just an interest in an aspect of rapping, improvisation or gamelan.

Lisa Moran, Arts Development Officer at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "This is a new concept, no one has ever tried to combine these particular music forms and we are delighted to be able to offer a unique opportunity for young people to get involved and experience this fusion."

The two day workshop runs on Wednesday 23 March (9.30am - 4.30pm) at John Leggott Sixth Form College in Scunthorpe and then participates can choose a second day that can be either Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30, Thursday 31 March or Friday 1 April (9.30am - 4.30pm) and this will take place at the Baysgarth Museum in Barton.

The cost of the workshops is £15 that includes all tuition, travel expenses to the Baysgarth Museum and a copy of the final CD. This project is promoted by Music4U, the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone and will be delivered by North East Lincolnshire's Music and Performing Arts Service.
For an application form or more information contact Jane Chidwick, Project Co-ordinator on 01472 323550 or email


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Editor's Notes
Music4U is the Humber Region's Youth Music Action Zone offering music-making opportunities to young people under the age of 18, It is co-ordinated by The National Centre for National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils and the Arts Council England, Yorkshire and has been instigated and funded by Youth Music.

Youth Music funds and facilitates music-making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. It is a national charity set up in 1999 with National Lottery money provided through Arts Council England. By the end of 2006, Youth Music aims to have reached more than 3 million young people and their wider communities in a nationwide strategy to support youth music-making. More information is available at

Since December 2000, Youth Music has invested £15m in setting up 20 Action Zones in areas of social and economic need across England. There are now a further two Zones in Wales. The aim is to provide music-making activities to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Each Zone is made up of established organisations from the public, voluntary and private sector. Youth Music Action Zones cover all genres of music and deliver a wide range of activities including workshops, rehearsals, performances, one-to-one teaching and mentoring. More information is available at