Bringing the best beatboxing lessons to the world is one awesome thing but making a stand and doing something for great causes and issues that need attention takes the awesomeness to another level. School Of Beatbox is a social enterprise which means we are committed to our social focus. Our social focus ranges from working with people from disadvantaged communities to working with people with learning or physical disabilities.
We have an ongoing project, working with people who stammer (or stutter). Danny Ladwa, founder of School Of Beatbox, experienced a stammer as a child for around 3 years from the age of 8 and remembers the challenges he faced because of it. Saying his own name felt almost impossible at times. In 2018 he formed 'The Stammering Voice Orchestra', a group of people that experience a stutter to raise awareness about stammering through the power of the voice and music. Danny co-wrote the song 'Free' with Aoife Geary which the group has performed both at the UK Beatbox Championships 2018 & London A'Cappella Festival 2019.
We have gained huge support from 'The Arts Council England' to create a documentary around the story of this group of singers and the full studio recording of the song 'Free'. We also delivered an online workshop - 'Celebrate the Voice' in December 2020 in collaboration with City Lit and Stop Holding Back to uplift, inspire and engage the global stuttering community. With the project being put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic through the summer months of 2020 we decided that we are going to make this project happen pandemic or not. The project began in October 2020 while the Covid-19 restrictions are still very much in place here in London, which has meant rehearsals, vocal training sessions and workshops have moved online. The studio recording will take place as planned (following the Covid regulations).
STAMMER PROJECT - Studio Day 1:
Here's footage from a performance at London A Cappella Festival 2019:
Here's footage from the debut performance at the 2018 UK Beatbox Championships:
Danny delivered 16 weeks of FREE online beatbox classes for children on Lockdown from across the globe. Almost 200 children signed up and were split into 2 age groups. It was an incredible experience. Read all about it here!
MORE OUTREACH ARTICLES:
- STAMMER PROJECT – Track Finished!
- Black is a Rainbow
- Stammer Project – Studio Day 1 (Video)
- Delivering Online Workshops With Zoom
- The Lockdown Beatbox Sessions
- What Have We Done?
- Free Beatbox Webinars
- The Stammering Voice Orchestra – Second Performance (January 2019)
- Autism & The Arts
- The Stammering Voice Orchestra – Debut (October 2018)
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