US rapper Jay-Zs sound engineer, Young Guru, recently visited South Africa to launch an annual scholarship fund. Young Guru, real name Gimel Keaton, teamed up with Cape Towns School of Audio Engineering (SAE) to come up with the Young Guru SAE Scholarship.
The scholarship, which is also supported by local organization - Heal The Hood, will award a student tuition worth R60000 at the Cape Town college. The recipient of the Young Guru SAE Scholarship will be announced next year, said Trenton Birch Head of Marketing at SAE. We plan to invite Young Guru for the announcement.
During his visit, Young Guru also hosted two workshops at the SAE Neve studio and in Mitchells Plain in conjunction with Heal The Hood. Ready D, Kanyi, Youngsta, Ill Skillz, Fletcher, Mtr Sakitumi, DJ Hi Teck, SAE students and industry professionals were in attendance.
At the workshops Young Guru imparted his technical knowledge and advised the young people, in attendance, on how to break into the music industry. He also discussed how he met Jay Z and stated that his role is more than just engineering. Young Guru e orchestrates and overseas the whole process from mixing to mastering, concluded Birch.