How families can learn beatboxing from a global star
Record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo is teaming up with a theatre in Bedfordshire to launch a major project to help children and raise money for NHS Charities Together.
Homeskool Beatbox Adventures is a weekly live-streamed interactive show empowering kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music.
For 30 minutes every Thursday, families around the world will learn new vocal skills from SK Shlomo, the critically acclaimed world-champion beatboxer who has previously collaborated with Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen, played at Glastonbury and broken world records with his jaw-dropping vocal gymnastics.
Inspired by the success of his critically acclaimed tour show, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventures For Kids, he wants to teach families in quarantine how to become Superstar Beatboxers and has set up a JustGiving campaign to try to raise £2,500 for NHS Charities Together.
Each week SK Shlomo will set families creative challenges to raise money by sharing performance videos of their new skills using the hashtag #beatboxadventures. Over the course of the six weeks, the Homeskool Beatbox Adventures community will create an anthem of their own, with its own music video featuring hundreds of families worldwide singing, beatboxing and performing together to celebrate music and to support frontline workers.
He will also be joined by one of his talented friends each episode including Bastille, KT Tunstall, Bill Bailey, Basement Jaxx, Jason Mraz and BBC Radio 1’s Dr Radha.
Shlomo said: “It’s a show about believing in yourself.
“Finding confidence in your own voice is extremely empowering. That’s even more important when so many of us are feeling disconnected - we don’t know how we can help the world.
“This project can bring people together, connect the world up and raise funds for the heroes on the frontline who we appreciate so much.”
The project is being run in conjunction with Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre.
And in order to involve as many families as possible, SK Shlomo has teamed up with over 80 music venues and theatres to simulcast the free weekly educational show on their digital platforms to thousands of homes worldwide.
Shlomo said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre and their brilliant local community, they’re truly paving the way for the future with online and digital theatre.”
SK Shlomo first burst into the mainstream after appearing on BBC Two’s Later ... with Jools Holland, collaborating with Björk and performing with famous fans from Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Jarvis Cocker to Imogen Heap, Martha Wainwright and Rudimental.
Since 2017 SK Shlomo has been championing mental health in his work, including becoming a role model for young people by talking about mental health at his family shows.
The series began earlier this month but it’s not too late to join in. Visit beatboxadventures.com for details.