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It is that time of year again where we as a DJ community try and get on Santa Claus’s nice list and what better way than giving back.
For the third year in a row we will be raising money for Cumberland Happy Baskets and this year adding Toys for Tots. We will have 48 hours of continuous music, promoter discussion and some other shenanigans.
The first 24 hours will he hosted by Hennessey Sound Design and the second 24 will be hosted by Supreme Sound & Lighting.
Drum & bass DJs such as Randall and Andy C and many others have been paying tribute to stalwart DJ/producer Spirit, who has died following a cardiac arrest.
Feeding quality dancefloor tracks into the scene for over 20 years, Spirit – real name Duncan Busto — began his music career working in the Redeye Records shop in Ipswich in the East of England. This somewhat unlikely hub also spawned Photek, Klute and Paul Arnold’s Certificate 18 Records, and it was with Klute that Spirit made his first track.
Teaching himself his craft as a producer, Spirit went on to record on labels like Timeless and CIA before starting his own label, Inneractive.
His sometime partnership with Digital, following the ‘Phantom Force’ project, and increasing acceptance of his music by scene bigwigs allowed him to go full time just before the Millennium.
Grime artist Stormzy has just announced he will fund two black students this year and two in 2019 to go to Cambridge University, which is currently ranked the 2nd best university in the UK, and the 6th in the world.
The Stormzy Scholarship will pay for tuition fees and money the same value as a maintenance grant for up to four years on an undergraduate course at the university.
“It’s so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre,” the rapper said.
Stormzy will fund one student per year himself, and the rest of the funds will come from YouTube Music.
Both Cambridge and Oxford — the top two universities in the UK — haven’t got the best reputation for giving places to students of colour.
A Business Insider investigation found that the number of black students applying for, receiving offers from, and attending Oxford and Cambridge universities is chronically low. Only 40 black students were accepted out of 2,210 placed UK applicants to Cambridge in 2016. And only 35 black students were accepted out of 2,210 placed UK applicants to Oxford.