4ESydney Music Workshop

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Bankstown Arts Centre

5 Olympic Parade

Bankstown, NSW 2200

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4ESydney Music Workshop (ALL AGES)

Develop skills in writing, music creation, performance, HipHop history, industry knowledge + more!

DURATION: 8 WEEKS, EVERY MON AND WED
START DATE: MON 25TH FEB
LOCATION: BANKSTOWN ARTS CENTRE
TIME: 6PM - 8PM
MENTORS: DOBBY, ZEADALA, L-FRESH The LION + CLARISSA MEI

Program Dates

WEEK 1: MON 25TH FEB, WED 27TH FEB

WEEK 2: MON 4TH MAR, WED 6TH MAR

WEEK 3: MON 11TH MAR, WED 13TH MAR

WEEK 4: MON 18TH MAR, WED 20TH MAR

WEEK 5: MON 25TH MAR, WED 27TH MAR

WEEK 6: MON 1ST APR, WED 3RD APR

4ESYDNEY CONFERENCE: 2ND TO 5TH APR (performance)

4ESYDNEY FESTIVAL: 6TH APR (performance)

WEEK 7: MON 8TH APR, WED 10TH APR

YOUTH WEEK FESTIVAL: 12TH APR (performance)

WEEK 8: MON 15TH APR, WED 17TH APR

Proudly supported by MulticulturalNSW, APRA AMCOS and Scanlon Foundation.

MENTOR BIOS

DOBBY:

DOBBY is a rapper, drummer, speaker and workshop facilitator. Aged 25, he proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. He is also a skilled composer, and is the 2017 recipient for the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. DOBBY’s musical training began at age 7. He studied classical piano and achieved AMEB grade 6 and grade 2 musicianship. At age 14, he learned jazz drumkit, and in 2012 performed as part of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music in California and Nevada, USA. DOBBY has completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal Hip Hop music) in 2015. He has performed as a rapper and drummer for a variety of events such as BIGSOUND 2017/18, The Plot Festival, Yabun Festival, UNSW corporate and academic functions, Koori Radio events and at numerous NAIDOC celebrations across Australia. He recently spoke on a panel as part of VIVID Sydney’s VIVID Ideas Exchange. DOBBY is also a rapper and drummer for Sydney band Jackie Brown Jr in various events and festivals such as Wollombi Music Festival, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Psyfari Festival.

ZEADALA: Zeadala is a South-West Sydney based poet and musician who avidly addresses themes of social inequality, politics and self-reflection in her works. The word Eadala itself is an Arabic one for justice- aligning with her desire to uphold fairness and equality and challenge stereotypes through being one voice for women of colour who are underrepresented in Australia’s media and music scene. Performing since 2014, Zeadala has continued to challenge normative narratives across many stages with her unique style which carries simple yet rhythmic guitar compositions, powerful vocals and hauntingly honest lyrics. As a mixed-race artist with a background in Environmental Change Management, she is dynamic and relevant voice in our current political climate. It is no wonder she has supported international artists like Omar Offendum at his exclusive concert in Sydney and Akala at his artists and community talks as part of Sydney Ideas in 2017. Having also been mentored by one of Sydney’s most respected female artists MC Trey, Zeadala effortlessly infuses soulful melodies, rhythm and poetry, to create hard hitting Hip Hop tracks that having been making waves over the past 2 years. She is currently working on her highly anticipated EP, set to release in early 2019.

L-FRESH The LION: L-FRESH The LION is a hip hop artist from South West Sydney, Australia. From the same mold as J. Cole and Black Thought from The Roots, his music is grounded in thought-provoking lyricism, providing social commentary from the perspective of an Australian born to migrant parents from Punjab, India. His inspiring live shows have seen him tour with icons including Nas, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez. In 2017, L-FRESH premiered the music video RACI$T / OUR WORLD at New York’s Tribeca TV Festival as part of YouTube's Creators for Change, and opened for Sir Elton John at Sydney’s Brandcast. This followed an ARIA nomination for his 2016 album “BECOME,” released on independent powerhouse label Elefant Traks. He capped off 2018 with a performance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as the Australian ambassador for YouTube’s Creators for Change.

CLARISSA MEI: Clarissa Mei is a 21 year old songwriter and producer, born and raised in Western Sydney, Australia. She began playing gigs in her local community from a young age, her style always sitting predominantly within soul and Rnb, her trills and vocal technique soaring beyond her acoustic-based instrumental. Now, Clarissa is excited to continue her own production and new electronic-based sounds. Clarissa has debuted her new sound at The Plot Festival 2017, Secret Garden Festival and Women in Music Empowerment Day 2018. She has also performed at MCA event GENEXT alongside Kota Banks, Clypso & PRINCI. Clarissa Mei launched onto the scene with her debut singles ‘Vulnerable’ and ‘Point of View’. She is due to release her anticipated EP early 2019.

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