Musician Ahmir Khalib Thompson, also called Questlove, has offered to assist to fund the once a year musical at his old school, the Philadelphia High School for Creative and The stage Arts (CAPA), it was revealed this week.
Questlove, who plays drums for this Grammy-award winning Hip Hop band ‘The Roots’ (the group presently occupying the position as the house band for United states chat TV show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’), can be a extremely asked for record producer, music journalist and DJ.
The 42-year-old drummer heard that his school was being forced to cancel their 2013 musical due to funding cuts and opted to make sure that next year’s show would not undergo a similar fate.
Thompson actually called the college’s principal, Johnny C. Whaley, JR and chose a “sizeable donation” to make sure that the performance would go ahead next year.
Due to Questlove’s generosity as well as the efforts of other donors (like local lawyers Charles Peruto and Abe Kasbo) the college’s annual musical custom is anticipated to resume in 2014.
Whaley told KYW Newsradio that Thompson has “reached out to our school before and given us goods”, he went on to state that “you’ve to understand that we’re an incredibly close-knit association, and when our alumni see things changing, as long as they possess the financial ability to help you, they reach out to us.”
The yearly event, which is a necessary platform both for CAPA as an establishment and for young talent within the Philadelphia district, costs about $65,000 (approximately £42,000) to provide, but isn’t part of CAPA’s annual budget. “There’s a particular standard of superiority we have,” says Whaley of that cost, “We don’t give in when it comes to production”
The prior show was funded by The Home and School Organization, following a scholarship from The William Penn Foundation.
CAPA is noted to the fostering of imaginative talent and many of those school’s graduates have gone on to successful careers in arts and entertainment. Notable alumni include record-breaking RnB vocal set ‘Boyz II Men’, author and ‘Scrubs’ co-producer Angela Nissel and former James Brown and Sting bassist Christian McBride also as a lot more.
Questlove met and befriended MC and fellow ‘Roots’ cofounder Tariq Trotter (better referred to as ‘Black Thought’) whilst both were students at CAPA.
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