menu

Spreading Tech In The Developing World Through Rap [Video]

Spreading Tech In The Developing World Through Rap [Video]
culture

PBS's Beat Making Lab brings portable music studios to young people around the world to empower them and their communities.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 9 may 2013

Non-profit broadcasting network PBS has teamed up with Beat Making Lab for a new digital series consisting of weekly episodes documenting the unique music initiative bringing their small, portable music studios to youths around the world.

Beat Making Lab started out as an innovative course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The course was created by professor and well-known DJ Stephen Levitin, also known as Apple Juice Kid, and Dr. Mark Katz, author of ‘Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip Hop DJ.’ Professor and hiphop artist/emcee Pierce Freelon joined Levitin and helped bring the course to a community setting. The course teaches ‘open source music production and entrepreneurship’ to young people.

Beat-Making-Lab-3

A Beat Making Lab is a portable studio that fits in a backpack. It is designed to teach young people about songwriting, sampling, and creating compositions on a laptop. Levitin and Freelon hold labs or two-week sessions at local community organizations where they teach the youth how to create music and beats. The initiative aims to not only empower the youths and their community, but to also effectively bring technology into their lives. The young people who went through the labs are expected to carry it forward and teach others as well.

Beat-Making-Lab-1

The group had their first international beat making lab in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo in June last year. They collaborated with Yole!Africa, a non-profit organization that provides arts programs to the youth. Aside from the Beat Making Lab in Goma, there are Beat Making Labs being developed in community centers at Panama, Senegal, Fiji, and, of course, Chapel Hill, USA.

Check out the first episode below.

Beat Making Lab

Trending

Genetics Startup Is Working To Create A Completely Personalized, DNA-Based Range Of Products

Health
Travel Today

United Airlines Launches An Updated Business Class Program

The new Polaris product prioritizes customer service and updated modern amenities

Design & Architecture Today

Video Explores Complex Museum Architecture

A mini video gives a quick overview of the most beautiful cultural buildings built

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Sustainability Today

Smog Vacuum Turns Pollution Particulates Into Unique Jewelry

A large device was installed in Beijing that sucks up smog and compresses it into small centerpieces atop jewelry

Experiential Marketing Today

PSA Fashion Line Shines A Light On Victim Blaming

YWCA Canada is using fashion and sexist tweets to highlight how often we as a society blame the victim in cases of abuse

Related Expert

Marcelo Coelho

Interactive Tech-infused Products & Spaces

Syndicated Today

What PSX 2016 Tells Us About The Modern Games Industry

Nostalgia and big brands are defining how the console market is being shaped

Op-Ed Today

VP: Why Messaging Apps Are Issuing In A New Era Of Commerce

Matt Johnson discusses how mobile messaging commerce is creating a different modality for interaction between retailers and consumers

Technology Today

The PSFK Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Based on a year of research by PSFK Labs, we curated a list of innovative and unique holiday gifts

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed december 1, 2016

Communications Officer: What This Holiday Season Means For Millennial Shoppers

Dallas Lawrence of the Rubicon Project shares why holiday cheer is all about likes, views and retweets

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Food Today

Minute Maid Opens A Store That Sells Nothing

The beverage company opened a pop-up shop that encourages customers to write letters to their parents instead of buying a gift

Entertainment Today

Samsung And Viceland Partner For A Virtual Reality Documentary On The Syrian War

The White Helmets film uses VR to immerse viewers in the everyday conditions of the war-torn country

Design & Architecture Today

These Designs Bring Modern Architecture To The Humble Birdhouse

Artist Douglas Barnhard has imagined a series of designs emulating the work of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Joseph Eichler

AI Today

Nine Technologies To Invest In When It Comes To Retail [Future Of Retail]

Retailers are leveraging assistive technology to help employees in their daily tasks and customers on the sales floor

Travel Today

Acura Cockpit Envisions The Future Of Autonomous Travel

The car brand has built a proof that offers a sneak peek of the self-driving vehicle experience

PSFK EVENT

FUTURE OF RETAIL 2017
Conference Built Around Our Report Launch
BUY TICKETS

Retail Today

How Artificial Intelligence Is Enabling Anytime Shopping & On-Demand Support

Retailers are leveraging advanced technology to relieve associates from mundane tasks, while better assisting customers

Cities Today

NYC Map Calculates Economic Benefits Of Every Tree

TreesCount! maps all the greenery in the five boroughs and even figures out how much money it saves the city

Design Today

Create A Perfectly Tailored Shirt Using Just Your Phone

UKYS has created an application to get accurate measurements of buyers through a few simple pictures for custom shirts

No search results found.