Scene News: Tkay Maidza and six Australian musicians fly to London for Nando’s Music Exchange

The Nando’s Music Exchange provides a platform where young, emerging artists meet across great distances to make music together. Budding musicians aged 18 to 25 from the UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia are encouraged to take the next step in their career, being inspired by their international peers and making connections outside of their home country. Nando’s Australia is excited to announce six music students – Erika Fedele (VIC), Jack Wieseler (VIC), Paul Dyason (VIC), Tamara Gavran (VIC), Frances Castley (NSW) and Hubert Hakizimana (WA) – will be accompanied by Australian rapper Tkay Maidza, on the Nando’s Music Exchange who will act as a local mentor to the emerging talent. They will travel to London in June to participate in this year’s event. Nando’s Music Exchange, now in its fourth year, is part of Nando’s long-term commitment to fuel emerging talent across arts and culture.

I’m really excited to be travelling to London to take part in the Nando’s Music Exchange as a mentor. Hopefully I can share some of my experiences with the participants and be inspired by meeting so many new people!”

– Tkay Maidza, rapper and Australian mentor

2018 marks the second year local music students in Australia have participated in the workshop, with this years program consisting of two components– the Australian workshops and the London-based Nando’s Music Exchange. Music students were given the opportunity to participate in a full day workshop, in both Melbourne and Sydney, where early career artists listened to panels with renowned local experts and artists. The workshops combined industry coaching around management, promotion and branding along with small group music mentoring from successful Australian artists, including Andy Bull, British India, Ecca Vandal, Alice Ivy and Pez. The day was moderated by Triple M Broadcaster & Music TV host Jane Gazzo.

With an overwhelmingly positive response from both students and industry mentors, six of the up-and-coming talents from these workshops have been chosen to head to the UK in June for the international component of the Nando’s Music Exchange.  The production-based program will challenge students to combine the sounds and styles of South Africa, the UK, Canada and Australia to create a new track in two days. The result of the 2017 project received wide praise with a song from the workshop receiving airtime on BBC 1Xtra.

The musicians chosen will also spend an additional two days engaging with celebrated artists and industry panelists to give them an international perspective on their music practice and the music industry more broadly. Past mentors include Stormzy, Ella Eyre, Australia’s Urthboy and Dope Saint Jude and Muzi from South Africa. 

This event will once again be held at the iconic London venue, The Roundhouse from Monday 4 to Thursday 7 June, 2018. Located in Camden, long known as the centre of London’s live music scene, the Roundhouse has a rich cultural history and is a hub of inspiration where well known artists such as The Rolling Stones through to Amy Winehouse have performed, alongside supporting emerging talent in their pursuit to create extraordinary work. The centre strives to provide a space where young people can grow creatively as individuals and is home to the Nando’s sponsored midi suite studio, one of 24 high spec studios accessible only to young creatives.  

About Nando’s Music Exchange

Nando’s Music Exchange sparks the exchange of global influences through mentoring, workshops and exposure for emerging talent. Much like adding spicy PERi-PERi to chicken, we believe a serving of Southern African spirit is the secret ingredient to firing up any party. That’s why showcasing talent from our homeland will always be an important part of any Nando’s Music Exchange activity.

 

About the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is a hub of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow creatively as individuals. We believe in the power of creativity to change lives. By giving young people the chance to engage with the arts through our music, media and performance projects, we inspire them to reach further, dream bigger, and achieve more. For more information visit www.roundhouse.org.uk

 

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