Manifesto Jamaica released a new mixtape featuring graduates of their Music Mentorship Programme, an intensive course for aspiring music industry professionals designed to teach, through practical experience, the fundamentals of conceptualising, recording and releasing a body of recorded work. The pilot launched in 2019 with an open audition attended by 60 young people, some as young as 12 years old, vying for a place in the programme. A cohort of 20 writers, vocalists, producers and instrumentalists were ultimately selected to spend 10 weeks under the wings of industry experts recruited by Manifesto Jamaica, at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios.
Graduates wrote and recorded during the programme, 5 of which are included on the compilation featuring contributions from Dre'zz, Jasmine Barnes, Jay Blacks, Bretless, Tjstarboy, Shenaé Campbell, Emanie, Gee Gee, Raj and Lyrykzz. A sixth song, Stoplight, was released as a standalone single. The mixtape titled 'Make Change' is distributed by Oneness Records and is now available on all major digital platforms.
Manifesto Jamaica is a non-profit, educational organisation that leverages arts and culture to help young people become the best version of themselves imaginable. Check out their website and follow them on social media.