The 20-week series made up of two to three-minute episodes, chronicles a music producer and a UNC Chapel Hill professor as they set up music studios (small enough to fit into a backpack) in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Panama, Senegal and Fiji. Each two-week workshop is designed to nurture local music talent, while providing the tools and techniques to make their own beats. All studio equipment is donated to the community after the sessions wrap up, establishing a permanent music lab for future beat-makers.
"Cho Cho Cho" is the first song and music video produced and written by the youth of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Created in a Beat Making Lab, the song was inspired by a popular call-and-response chant in Goma and the video was filmed during Yole!Africa's SKIFF Festival dance competition. Take a look at the official video HERE.
During the month of May, Beat Making Lab will partner with Global Health organization Intrahealth and Speak Up Africa to set up all-female workshops in Dakar, Senegal. These sessions will showcase the talent of seven female MCs, singers and producers who, through their music, aim to spotlight various health issues in Africa.
Beginning in June, the real-time series will feature episodes from Suva, Fiji.
Watch the premiere episode and introduction to the Beat Making Lab process HERE.
See what's inside the pair's beat-making backpack HERE.
Watch the introduction to the Panama series HERE.
Beat Making Lab will release a compilation of original youth-produced tracks in the fall. Stay tuned for more information.
New episodes will air every Wednesday via the Beat Making Lab YouTube channel.