He recently visited recording studios at the Swindon-based charity IPSUM and recorded rap and drill vocals and beats with a dozen of the town’s young people that focussed on positivity and avoiding the pit-falls that young people can fall in, like crime.
IPSUM’s director Julie Mattinson said she was thrilled with the visit from the homegrown success and that the impact he had on the young people he worked with was massive.
“We were approached by S1MBA because he wanted to come and give something back to the community and was very passionate about helping people that were struggling with music.
“He asked if we’d help, and of course we said yes,” said Julie.
“So he came in and worked solidly with them for many and the difference you could see in them just from that time was amazing.
“He’s a role-model, not just because he’s a successful musician but because he’s from Swindon. They really engaged with him and they really got a lot out of it.”
The music that S1MBA and Ipsum’s music project facilitator Rich Price made over the course of several hours will eventually be released on the independent charity’s social media.
“Music is a really great way to express yourself, especially for young people,” Rich said.
“It’s a lot more interactive and it’s something that they really enjoy doing so they’re able to open up a little bit more than perhaps they would if they were just talking.”
The young Zimbabwe-born artist was nominated for the Best UK single in the Brit Awards for ‘Rover’ taking on the likes of Harry Styles, Stormzy, KSI and Dua Lipa.
For Julie, having the support of the successful musician meant a lot of IPSUM and the therapeutic music and art services it has been trying to provide to young people following lottery funding.
“We’ve been trying to knock those barriers down and offer something to young people they can’t access, or they’ve never been able to access before.
“For someone like S1MBA to come and work with young people here and advocate for us is really great for IPSUM and great for Swindon.”
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