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Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Youth Engagement

Working with local youth and Porterhouse Productions to record a live concert.

Recently UpNorthMedia Center collaborated with Porterhouse Productions, Traverse City Area Public Schools, and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District’s Career Tech Center Film and New Media Program to record a live concert with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  This Grammy award winning musical group uses their music to spread the culture of South Africa all around the world and has worked closely with artists like Paul Simon. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was brought in as part of the kick off to a youth initiative program. Porterhouse Productions used this as the first event of a brand new community program aimed at engaging youth with the arts.  UpNorthMedia Center was able to work with several of the local film and video classes to get 6 student volunteers to come out and record the performance.  One student directed the live video recording while 3 students worked as camera operators for the event.  Several students also shot behind the scenes footage to help try and capture all the efforts and youth engagement of the evening.  Since the event a number of the students have remained engaged with live recording projects here at the UpNorthMedia Center and are continuing to help build the volunteer base.  Porterhouse Production also recognized UpNorthTV channel 189 as helping to sponsor the event and our efforts to get youth from the community involved.  You can watch the program on UpNorthTV channel 189.

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