UK drill music education course, Roadworks, launches with first charity single and ‘Beyond the Road’ documentary
A music education charity, which uses UK rap and drill music to engage with young people, has launched in London. Founded by youth worker and journalist Ciaran Thapar, alongside MC and ethnomusicologist Mehryar Golestani, aka Reveal, Roadworks design and deliver critical thinking, social science and careers-skills workshops in schools and youth clubs. The team specialise in working with boys and young men at-risk of exclusion. The organisation provides young participants the opportunity to write, record and promote their own music with the help of music industry experts.
The charity’s first single, ‘Roadworks’, is out now. Written, produced and recorded by artists on the first cohort of graduates from the pilot course — Rippa, I.D., Tarzan, F2Anti and Ishmatic Beats — it is a melodic take on UK drill music, thoughtfully reflecting on the pressures experienced by many young men in disenfranchised corners of the capital city. All financial proceeds from the song will go back into helping to grow the course across 2020.
A documentary called ‘Roadworks: Beyond the Road’, directed and produced by Jake Jones, has been released alongside the single. It tells the story of the course pilot in August 2019, going behind-the-scenes whilst the Roadworks song and video are created at The Digital Holdings, a leading music studio in Lewisham, South-East London. It features interviews with a range of Roadworks participants, Thapar, Golestani, CEO of Defenders Entertainment Corey Johnson, and Pacman TV.
Photography and interviews are available on request. Trailers for the documentary are available for download here.