NPC continues its work

2019-11-26 06:01
Eugene Williams and Chevy Matchessa are elated at the reopening of the library, which enabled them to launch their youth music programme. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Eugene Williams and Chevy Matchessa are elated at the reopening of the library, which enabled them to launch their youth music programme. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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The True Grit Media team’s goal to reach the youth through their pilot project was dashed after the vandalism of the Retreat library – but they did not give up that easily.

The non-profit company (NPC) was registered on 1 August by founder Eugene Williams from Retreat.

Williams, a former worker at Reddam House private school, had the idea to reach the youth in his own community using programmes that he saw the children at the school enjoying.

“Being from the southern suburbs – Retreat and Steenberg – I saw that there was a gap in our local schools. They did not have music programmes and other extramural activities.”

To fill this gap, he encouraged other residents to get on board the project and pilot an electronic music production programme for at-risk youth aged 15 to 18.

Together Chevy Matchessa, a trained music producer; Russell Chirau, a mixing and mastering engineer; Marvin Lombard, a lecturer; and Williams, a self-taught music producer prepared to host their first workshop at the library from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November.

Williams says he was devastated when he heard the library had been ransacked.

“Retreat library was offering us some extra things: a projector and an urn for coffee and tea.”

The team started to look for a space for the pilot lesson to take place by the end of the month. They were concerned that they would have to postpone the programme should they not find a computer lab close to home.

Luckily, the library was reopened on Tuesday 19 November and the programme is currently taking place.

It started yesterday (Monday 25 November) and runs until Friday 29 November from 16:00 to 17:00 daily.

He says the programme aims to reach the youth and stimulate their minds to prevent them from succumbing to the social ills of the community.

“We want to teach the kids basic skills on how to run digital audio workstation programmes like Fruity Loops and Reaper.

“My hope is that one or two will catch on and not be swallowed by gangsterism.

“I’m hoping that we can bring change to the culture,” Williams explains.

He says their programmes are aligned with the principles of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), placing emphasis on digital activities to give the children an advantage when they enter the work environment.

Williams says he has big plans for the programme’s future and hopes to roll out a full-year programme as well as an adult programme.

V Follow @trugritmediasa on Facebook or call Eugene on 081 300 2283 for more information.

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