The British Council will be delivering for the first time in Jamaica, our international live-music skills training programme for young people - Backstage to the Future: Caribbean - in partnership with the Rebel Salute Festival. The British Council will support ten (10) young trainees from Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica and Venezuela, offering them the opportunity to enhance their skills, and knowledge in stage management, lighting and sound, through on-site teaching of technical skills and hands-on shadowing, at Rebel Salute’s annual live music event on January 12-13, 2018.
She is currently a sound engineer at Areito studio, part of EGREM, a Cuban recording company and record label. It has been awarded with the 2014 Cubadisco award in the music archive category (restoration and remastering) and nominated in other categories. In 2016, she received the same prize in the category of Popular Dance Music for New Talents. She is also a talented guitarist and teacher.
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Najay is a 19-year old music student at the Alpha Institute. Currently, in his last year of studies, Najay has a music background which includes 3 years of practical training in bass guitar, 3 years of music theory, and a year and a half of music technology training. Najay is also an aspiring vocalist.
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Yuareys is an artist and audio engineer from Caracas. She has been making music since 2008 when she graduated from “Taller de Arte Sonoro”. She used to be part of the “BeatchesS” music group, but now she is dedicated to her solo project. She released her first EP as a solo artist in 2016 and is currently working as a sound engineer for the “Lifetime” TV channel, while still releasing new music.
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Patrick is a 19-year-old, 2nd-year student at the Alpha Institute. His music background includes one-year training in guitar and one year of music theory. He is a regular and critical performer in the Alpha Institute band and was recently accepted into the audio technology program at Alpha.
Khadeem is an 18-year-old, 2nd-year student at the Alpha Institute. Khadeem’s music background includes one-year training in bass guitar and one year of music theory. He performs in the Alpha Institute band and was recently accepted into the audio technology program at Alpha.
Fermin hails from San Andrés and is a music producer, audio-visual producer and musician. He works with a regional TV channel as the director of a music magazine and has extensive experience in stage performances in many different countries.