Multicultural Music Making is a project that began in September 2015. Devised and led by musician Natalie Mason with Friction Arts, we are working with three primary schools in the Ladywood area of Birmingham. Each week small groups of KS2 young musicians are exploring a range of music traditions, enabling a critical engagement with international sounds. The choice of music traditions is based on the heritage of the young people, as we seek to connect to our parents’ and grandparents’ cultural and musical traditions.
This is a great example of what we call ‘ronseal art’. There’s no pretension, it does what it says it does, which is refreshing in this day and age. The young people are engaged with the artist as co-creators and the parents become more involved as the process continues. All kinds of outcomes ensue, as barriers are crossed and new connections made. All the while some great art is being produced, almost by stealth.