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Art of rap discovers untapped talent in Bourke

Rap artist Kobie Dee at the microphone in Bourke. Photo Noel Fisher

Two of the country’s most successful rap performers and a leading Sydney music producer hosted a one-day workshop in Bourke this week, teaching young people how to write, perform and record.

Rap artists Kobie Dee and P Smurf joined producer Chris Hamer Smith from Nakana Arts in hosting the one day ‘Art of Rap’ workshop at Bourke’s Centre for Excellence.

The project has been a few months in the making and follows on from the visit by leading rappers Kobie Dee and JK-47 to Bourke for a concert where they performed at the showgrounds last month.

Chris said he wanted to build on the success of that and give young people in Bourke the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s most successful rappers.

“We’d been chatting with the people from the Centre for Excellence and Wellbeing over the past couple of months about making a recording space there,” Chris said.

“They had a room but not too much gear, so we decided to come out with some music recording equipment and host the ‘Art of Rap’ workshop with Kobie Dee and P Smurf.

“It was an opportunity for the kids to hang out in the space with us and spend time with two experienced rappers and have the time and space to create music.

“The workshop took them through the basics of writing the rhyme or rap and recording it over a simple beat.

“Everyone was welcome, and it was a great opportunity for kids who were interested in making music or if they had rhymes and have been rapping a while, so they had the chance to record their songs,” he said.

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