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Young Bermuda artists got two weeks of rich musical experience on a summer programme in Atlanta.

The Developing Artists Programme hosted young singers, musicians and producers. The event ran for two separate weeks in the Georgia city, running from July 8-15 and July 16-23. The participants of the programme were placed in two separate groups, consisting of Rashae Bean, Rashun Bean, Shavonte' Dill and Kiana Madeiros (Triple A) and Tyler Cameron, Enrico Escolastica, and Te — che' Minors (Element 3).

The students got a taste of the music industry world.

Playlist Management CEO Theresa Minors said: “Our goal with DAP is to provide an opportunity for our budding artists to be exposed to the inner workings of the music industry. Our young artists have worked very hard, learned a lot and have grown tremendously through the programme.”

The aspiring musicians got a chance to work with artists including Tony Hightower and Palmer Williams Jr, who is known for many popular Tyler Perry productions. Rashae Bean, one of the participants said: “I had fun and I didn't expect to have that much fun.”

The students were given a song writing activity. They had to choose a topic and were assisted by their vocal coach and interns. Rashae said: “The song is called ‘Fighter'. The song is about telling people to fight for what they want to achieve. The message is telling people to fight for their dreams.”

DAP will release a compilation CD (2011 — 2013) including songs such as, “Play Thing” by the DAP 2011 group, “Misfit” by Da Misfits (DAP 2012) featuring K Star (Original P) and Bermudian rap artist Kidd Clazzic featuring KeyKey Roberts.

Intern Chiante Roberts said: “I was the intern this year. I sing because I enjoy singing and it's something I like to do. I've been singing since middle school. As far as taking it seriously was in high school, like actually performing and getting involved in programmes and singing in the choir.”

Chiante enjoys being able to express herself through singing and one of her musical inspirations is Alicia Keys. She said: “I'm not quite sure, but I'm geared towards being a vocal coach. I will go to school and study music theory.”

The students were instructed in song composition, copyrighting their music, production and vocal instruction. Their good stuff and bad stuff was pointed out to guide them in the areas they may be weaker in that they can improve on.

Rashae said: “I've learned in being more interested in what I'm singing and showing more feeling.” He's learned about grabbing the audience attention so they can really relate to what he's singing. He said: “I want to go away to college and study music, produce more songs, meet more people to show other people the way to get better.”

The Developing Artists Programme is sponsored by Flanagan's Irish Pub & Restaurant and Bermuda CableVision. Their 2013 interns are Jahroy Richards and Chiante Roberts.

Learning the business: Pictured (from left) are Jason (JJ) Sylvain, Tyler Cameron, Chiante' Roberts, and Craig Simons (IVibes Productions)
Taste of the music business: Pictured (from left) are Enrico Escolastica, Te-che' Minors and Tyler Cameron
Atlanta experience: Pictured are (from left) Rashae Bean, Kiana Madeiros, master vocal coach Jason (JJ) Sylvain, Shavonte' Dill and Rashun Bean

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Published August 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm)

Young artists enjoy a taste of the music industry

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