Philippi artists on course for a studio

2016-05-19 06:00
 Philippi Music Project founders Sbusiso Nyamakazi and Baptiste Guillemet are fund-raising to build a studio to house local artist.

Philippi Music Project founders Sbusiso Nyamakazi and Baptiste Guillemet are fund-raising to build a studio to house local artist.

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Sbusiso Nyamakazi and Baptiste Guillemet, are the founders of the Philippi Music project which was established in 2014 as a social upliftment project.

The duo is now planning to erect the area’s first multi-purpose studio to accommodate artists, musicians and creative social commentators.

That is, if they get their way. They are currently running a fund-raising campaign through a crowd funding in an online fund-raising platform called Indiegogo.

“(We hope) The financial backing we aim to receive through Indiegogo will enable us to build a professional and soundproof recording studio in a shipping container that we already have in Philippi.

The Philippi Music Project is campaigning to raise up to R250 000 to finance the project (at R160 000) and to invest in professional studio gear (at R90 000),” said Nyamakazi.

Nyamakazi is a writer, MC, musician, activist and founder of Inyanda Youth Network while his partner Guillemet is a French entrepreneur, music producer and business graduate.

“The PMP is a music incubator for artists in Philippi and surrounding areas but has its origins as a music contest. However, we realised that a music contest was not making a major difference in the lives of the artists and therefore we needed a different approach.

We were stuck by the energy and the creativity of young artists in the townships, but dismayed by the non-existence of structure to record and promote it,” said Nyamakazi.

They then decided to set it up as a platform where local artist will work together in various ways such as selling music online and recordings as well as workshops.

“In this way we can then build a bridge between the wealthy people of the city and the local artists that need some kind of support,” said Nyamakazi.

According to the partners , the project has also received support from the SAB Foundation, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation, and has partnered with organizations such as Playing for Change, SAE Institute, Inyanda Youth Network and Britecap.

For those that want to support the initiative they can visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/phillipi -music-project.

Interested parties can also contact Nyamakazi on 081 734 0225 or email: philippimusicproject@gmail.com.

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