East London rapper Kojey Radical has teamed up with his old youth club, Rise 365, to drop a new mini documentary.
Titled Through Music We Rise, the short film explores the importance of providing young people with spaces to create, shining a light on the relationship between music and community.
The documentary follows six young musicians from the Rise 365 youth club on Kingsmead Estate in Hackney as they attend workshops with Kojey. The film was directed and produced by Ade Femzo, who is one of the young leaders at Rise 365.
Through Music We Rise arrives at a time when many youth clubs across the country are being closed down. The film is a response to the problem and looks at why such spaces are vital for young people.
Speaking on empowering the young creatives in the film, Kojey Radical said: “You can’t beat that youthful excitement to be here – if you can give that opportunity to young people that really want it and you can see and feel that hunger that’s what it’s about. It’s inspiring for me; it’s inspiring to them and it’s only going to do good things in the long run.”
The project is part of Kojey’s partnership with Dr. Martens’ Tough As You initiative which aims to help create a more diverse, inclusive and accessible music industry for the next generation of talent.
Watch the mini doc above!