Their upbeat, upbeat music has been the sound of Bristol for the 21st century. And now, with the anniversary approaching which will see them turn 20 together, the city’s most popular band is giving something back.
To mark this anniversary, the group Laid Blak has launched a foundation which will see them formalize the work with the young people they have been doing for years in Bristol.
The group was formed in 2002 as a classic Bristolian fusion of every musical genre you can think of.
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They have long established a reputation for themselves as the best band any festival organizer can book, with their music steeped in ska and reggae, hailing from the Bristol ’90s jungle, featuring soul, hip-hop, funk and jazz.
And in recent years, the group has shifted their mission from the stage to the youth club and community center, with a range of music, youth work and mentoring workshops to accompany their usual practice of get all the kids on stage at one of their festival shows.
The group hosts an annual Christmas party at the Spiegeltent near Bristol Harbor and this year officially launched the Laid Blak Foundation.
“We felt it was time to formalize our work with youth, to create a structured platform for us to integrate our music workshops and youth mentoring into schools, community youth groups as well. than large-scale festivals and music events, ”said Dunk Wilmot, the band’s manager, who is one of the founders of the Laid Blak Foundation alongside the band’s two original members, Joe Peng and DJ Bunjy.
“It was two incredible decades of hard work, which created a bank of wonderful memories, not only for us but for the many wonderful human beings who have supported us along the way,” he added.
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“Our music has always made faces of all ages smile, but at the heart of everything we do, our motivation has come to witness the joy on the faces of the children who participate in our music. For those who have been to our shows will know, bringing the kids on stage is what we do and damn it means a lot to see the happiness that it brings to everyone, ”he added.
The group said they hoped the Laid Blak Foundation would formalize its work with youth, “to create a more structured platform for us to bring our music and youth mentorship to schools, community groups across the country. youth as well as large-scale festivals and music events “.
“Every child deserves the chance to experience the joy of music, to understand the power of their unity and to believe that their dreams can come true,” said Dunk.
“By providing opportunities for our young people, we will leave a lasting legacy and see a new generation of strong creative souls bring their own happiness to our future music industry,” he added.
“Our goal is to allow more young children to express themselves, to have the opportunity to be creative while discovering new energies and finally to be passionate about music and art”, he said. he adds.
The group has set up a fundraising page to launch the Foundation – click here for more information.
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