Nando’s Music Exchange returns for a second year
This Tuesday saw the return of the second annual Nando’s Music Exchange to the Roundhouse. Twenty students from the UK, five students from South African music school COPA, three amazing mentors and an immeasurable amount of inspiring moments were created in a day of musical collaboration.
Nando’s Music Exchange aims to harness the exchange of music from around the world by bringing together emerging and established musicians. This year saw Example return in his role as mentor with South African artist Toya Delazy adding an international flavour to proceedings. Also involved as a mentor was one of London’s brightest young talents – Little Simz.
Following opening speeches, the twenty-five students were split into five groups and tasked with working together to create a song in just six hours by using a selection of sounds inspired by the Roundhouse and South Africa. In the studios, producers, guitarists, rappers, violinists and singers shared influences and ideas to create amazing tracks.
After a short break for lunch, Little Simz, Example and Toya Delazy took part in a Q&A session and gave out insightful advice to the students on subjects like breaking into the music industry, the effect of streaming on the music industry and how to overcome creative blocks.
The groups then returned to the studios to complete their tracks with the mentors dropping in to offer their support, guidance and, in Little Simz case, the potential of a guest verse! When the songs were completed, the groups re-convened and shared their work from the day. The artists, Roundhouse mentors and all others present were blown away with the quality of the songs created in such a short amount of time. To celebrate the success of the day, the mentors and students all headed over to the Putney Kitchen for some well-deserved food, drink and dancing!
Nando’s Music Exchange produced collaborations, relationships and opportunities which will live on, from the UK to South Africa, long after the event at the Roundhouse. The next stop for Nando’s music is Boardmasters Festival, which will see Roundhouse students take to the decks in Newquay on the Nando’s Cock o’ Van! The future of British music is certainly in some talented hands.