Mobo Award Winning Rap Star Opens Kensington And Chelsea College’s New Music Suite
Award winning English rap star Akala put on a roof raising show for fans as he unveiled Kensington and Chelsea College’s impressive new music suite.
The hip-hop sensation and younger brother of singer Ms Dynamite urged music students to
‘make the most of the new college resources and grab the opportunities it brings’ as he officially declared it open.
Thanks to a dramatic make-over the new music suite will now give budding musicians access to spacious recording studios kitted out with industry standard equipment and a greater range of musical instruments, including keyboards, piano, drum kits and guitars.
Celebrity guest Akala thrilled the 100-strong audience as he mingled with them, met music students and spoke about the value of education.
The MOBO award winner, who has performed at UK’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Wireless, endorsed the college by saying:
‘What the college is providing is an opportunity to nurture talent. Education is everything, and the only thing people can’t take away from you. I think it’s important to put the work in and create music that inspires. Music is a universal language, and through it you have the power to educate and change attitudes.’
The star, who has supported artists including Christina Aguilera, M.I.A and Richard Ashcroft from the Verve, in addition to touring with Nas and Damian Marley, encouraged students to
‘learn to play music before intellectualising it’, adding
‘the theory side of music is good, but one of my biggest regrets is not having learnt to play an instrument when I was younger.’
Guests at the event were also treated to a musical performance from students before enjoying a tour of the new music suite.
Paul Hall, Kensington and Chelsea College’s Head of Music, said:
‘We have a thriving music department which is committed to giving students the best possible start to their career, whether that’s by investing in new equipment or using our in-house contacts to connect them to the industry. I’d also like to thank Akala for taking time out of his schedule to meet our students. He is a popular artist amongst our learners and no doubt a great source of inspiration for those trying to make it in the music industry.’
Date published: 21 November 2011