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Music Education Charity Roadworks partner with Mixtape Madness to launch Drillosophy.

Drillosophy is a response to the COVID-19 lockdown, giving young music fans at home remote access to weekly, fun workshops of critical thinking and educators with resources to deliver work to students.

The series of six episodes will combine contemporary music culture, urban sociology and philosophical discussion. They will be presented by writer & youth worker, Ciaran Thapar, and MC & ethnomusicologist, Reveal. Future episode themes will include: writing as catharsis, power and censorship, and the sociology of social media safety.

Episodes will each orbit a different theme and feature appearances from a slew of special guests: young Roadworks Ambassadors, youth workers and artists. They will be safeguarded by youth worker & rapper Franklyn Addo, and edited by television director/producer Jake Jones.

Corresponding facilitation resources for educators, parents and mentors to use remotely will be downloadable from the Roadworks website for each theme alongside the release of each episode.

Series One

Episode 1: Skengdo’s Cave — Thursday 30th April 2020

Skengdo’s Cave explores knowledge and perception in UK drill music using ancient Greek philosophy. Brixton pair Skengdo & AM make a special appearance to explain the meaning behind some of their lyrics.

Watch Episode 1 here.


About Roadworks

Launched in August 2019, Roadworks is an inclusive education charity which uses contemporary music and youth culture to engage with young people. Roadworks deliver educational workshops in secondary schools, PRUs and youth hubs, and design replicable resources for other educators. They also provide mentorship for young people who are interested in music.

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“Tackling youth violence, despite the coronavirus crisis, must continue. We need innovative programmes which can engage hard to reach young people both during the lockdown and beyond. Roadworks is one such programme. I have seen first-hand the impact it has had on young people affected by violence, and I know if scaled up it could have a real, positive impact on London’s young people” — Sarah Jones MP, Chair of APPG on Knife Crime.

“Roadworks provide a professional, caring and understanding approach towards working with young people. Using both Ciaran and Reveal’s extensive knowledge of the modern music world, and their natural affinity with hard to reach young people, the Roadworks workshops have been some of the most enjoyable and informative sessions we’ve had this year” — Samuel Conley, SoundSkool Music College.


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