In Conversation with Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation (RSAF)

Thursday 28th April 2022, 4:00 - 5:00pm 29-31 Coney Street
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Come and hear Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation (RSAF) talk about their work.

Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation (RSAF) have been working with disadvantaged youth in East London for many years and are now Tower Hamlets Ambassadors for the Mayor's Fund for London. RSAF's mission is to raise aspirations and opportunities for London's less advantaged young people through delivery of youth music sessions. Primarily, this is done through 'grime'-related music-making, but also by raising participants' awareness of career opportunities (beyond performance) in the music industry. RSAF are well-placed to deliver such grime-related learning, as the duo at the heart of RSAF (Prince Owusu-Agyekum (aka Rapid) and Ebenezer Ayerh (aka Slix)) are from the locality and are grime legends themselves.For example, they were co-founding members of the 'Ruff Sqwad' crew in 2001, meaning that they have made music with stars as big as Tynchy Stryder and can be directly linked to huge hits such as 'Shut Up' by Stormzy.

In this conversational presentation with University of York academic and music education specialist Pete Dale, Rapid and Slix will talk about the origins of grime in East London, their own careers and their work with youth in East London over the last ten years and more. Operating as Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation since 2017, they are passionate about giving young people opportunities for creativity and positivity through music-related activities. All are welcome to come along and hear about their work.

Booking information

This event is ticketed - 40 places available.


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