Young people invited to work with award winning Rap/Grime artist

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Award-winning rapper & grime artist Testament is packing his bags and making a trip to Settle to deliver free workshops for young people this August with local arts charity Settle Stories.

Testament is a Guiness World Record breaking beatboxer. His work includes the celebrated Hip-Hop album Homecut: No Freedom Without Sacrifice, features on MOBO nominated albums, several performances for BBC Radio and numerous television appearances (SKY, ITV, BBC). He has collaborated with the likes of Kate Tempest and Ty, MOBO winner Soweto Kinch, pioneering beatboxer Shlomo and multiple Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae. He has performed live shows with Marc Ronson, Jarvis Cocker and the progenitor of Hip-Hop DJ KoolHerc to name but a few and he’s a Roland sponsored musician.

Settle Stories is running 3 full day workshops with Testament from Mon 6th – Wed 8th August in their new venue, The Joinery in Settle. As well as being an acclaimed artist in his own right, Testament is also an experienced facilitator and workshop leader with young people. He runs his own company, The Hip Hop Clinic and regularly runs workshops for young people at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. These workshops have been made possible thanks to a generous donation from a donor that wishes to remain anonymous but believes there needs to be more available for older children during the summer holidays in the area.

Charles Tyrer who works both for Settle Stories and Settle Youth Club commented:

‘I’m thrilled to be welcoming Testament to Settle. This is such a unique opportunity for young people to engage with an artist that has performed to millions on stages across the world – somebody that is at the top of his game. We know there’s not enough going on for older children in this area, and this project is working to change that. Rap & Grime is essentially a ‘cool’ form of poetry, it’s an art form young people relate to and a way for them to share their story and express themselves creatively.’

To promote the workshops, Testament spent an afternoon at Settle College and the evening at Settle Youth club. One young person commented:

‘I can’t even believe this is happening in Settle. Stuff like this never happens here. The workshop was brilliant, Testament showed us that it doesn’t matter where you live. You can be a rap / grime artists from your bedroom – all you need is youtube. I can’t wait for the August days at Settle Stories.’

Free places are being offered to all students at Settle College and those that attend Settle Youth Club. For families in the area that don’t attend the college / club who may struggle to afford the full price of the workshops (£45), further free places are available.

Booking for the workshops is essential. More information can be found at settlestories.org.uk/rap-grime or by calling 05603 845693

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