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We will announce the scholarship winner on Monday, October 17th.
Past Scholarship Recipients
Mixing an array of influences, Von Bora pairs lyrical poetry with stimulating sounds to illustrate truth and our human struggle for meaning. After a five-year hiatus, founding members of the band, The Martys, venture into a new musical project that reflects refined songwriting construction.
Born in South Africa, now living in Los Angeles. Largo is a collaboration between Singer/Songwriter Pamela De Menezes and her husband Producer, Stefan Myburgh. The two have created music together successfully in the past amassing a total of 17 South African Music Award (SAMA) Nominations and 4 wins on their previous projects, including the SAMA for Highest Radio Airplay. They have also been been nominated for the prestigious Song of the Year Award multiple times at the SAMA’s and MTV Africa Music Awards, also featuring as performers at both of these events. Largo started releasing songs independently in 2020 after permanently re-settling in Los Angeles, with their first single, Lemonade reaching 400k streams on Spotify alone.
VIAA’s honey-like vocals and powerful stage presence have landed her on the musical teams of artists such as Anderson .Paak, Willow Smith, and Doja Cat. An LA transplant from Ohio, VIAA has also opened for major acts such as T-Pain, Marc E Bassy and Twin Shadow. Since releasing her debut self-titled EP late 2018, she has been featured in such publications as Nastygal, Complex, Vibe and Bloomberg and her song “Run Around” has exceeded 1.4 million streams on Spotify. VIAA’s music has been selected for official Spotify playlists like Feminist Friday, Sin Estres and NY Pop, and new singles “Animal Style” and “Myself” were released in 2020. VIAA is currently working on her next EP, to be released in 2021.
For over twenty-five years, the Madison, Wisconsin-based group has purely and fearlessly followed its inner artistic continuum. Along the way, Natty Nation has burst through genres while retaining a distinct roots reggae core.
Through it all—whether it’s onstage conducting its shamanistic live show, or in the studio pushing the scope of its musicality while honing its sharp songcraft—Natty Nation has remained dedicated to one mission: spreading light. On March 11th, 2016 Natty Nation issued its brightest beacon yet, Divine Spark (iNatty Records), which debuted at #3 on the Billboard reggae chart.
“Our ultimate goal is to uplift as many people as possible through sound and vibration,” says frontman JAH Boogie – bass, lead vocals (also percussion/drums in the studio). “To do that we hope to take our music to as many places on this earth and positively influence as many souls as we possibly can.”
Voice Monet is an award-winning, internationally celebrated fiercely independent emcee, visual/media/music artist based in New Orleans. An audiophile, black belt martial artist and High Prie$tess of Hip Hop who honors family, discipline and storytelling as ART.
Over the past 19 years, Voice has released three albums of solo work in addition to collaborations with Christian Scott, Marc Mac (4Hero), and celebrated French producer Wax Tailor to name a few. Her successful collaborations with Wax Tailor on 2006’s Hope & Sorrow and 2009’s In The Mood for Life earned her silver and gold RIAA certifications for the singles she both penned and performed “The Games You Play” and “This Train” feat Ali Harter. Voice has a history of grassroots organizing her own international tours and has blessed the stages of world renowned venues like L’Olympia and Bataclan (Paris), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Cafe Leopold and Club FLEX (Vienna), and 2013’s Montreal Jazz Festival.
Ms. Monet is currently running a cafe in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter built on the principles of the international Slow Food network she is a part of. Believing that food sourced locally from farmers, fishermen and food artisans who care provides for not only a high quality diet but more importantly plants a better seed for environmental sustainability. As a forward thinking and thriving single mother of two sons, who better to promote and encourage sustainability than a b-girl entrepreneur immersed in the culture for over two decades?
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Carmen Lees is a North London based jazz vocalist/guitarist/songwriter, organically combining a straight fusion of Hip-hop and Jazz matched with her rhythmically interesting urbanely honest lyrics and naturally lazy, free vocal which highlights her technical flexibility.
After meeting Robin Banerjee (former guitarist for Amy Winehouse featuring on the Back to Black album) in Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, they decided to collaborate, recording her song ‘Foolish Views’ which caught the eye of local BBC Introducing stations. Her Debut single ‘Part Time’ received airplay from BBC 6Music alongside Track Of The Week title from BBC introducing Cornwall and Devon. Her latest single ‘Tell Me’ was featured in Notion and Spindle Magazine alongside some influential artists.
Defining her sound as a new artist and fusion songwriter she radiates attitude and elegance carrying strong visions for her creations. Writing within the urban jazz genre blended with Hip-Hop beats and emotional lyrics Carmen channels her influences of Amy Winehouse, A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla which can be clearly heard throughout her material.
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