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Art of Rap uncoversup-and-coming Bourke star

Image of Stephen Wilson of Bourke in his latest musical production. Photo youtube

A collaboration between two Sydney hip hop artists and some young and talented performers in Bourke is opening doors they could have only dreamed of, with Bourke teenager Stephen Wilson now a hip-hop star in the making.

The collaboration came about through the Art of Rap workshops run in Bourke by Sydney-based Nakama Arts.

Hip hop music producers Chris Hamer-Smith, aka Chasm, and rapper Lorenz ‘P. Smurf’ Prichard have been coming to Bourke for the past twelve months training young people in music production and recording.

Stephen, along with fellow Art of Rap student Lorraine Dutton, showed particular interest in the music process and the two were eventually asked to help develop the workshops into a once a week recording and production exercise session.

A studio was originally set up at the Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service but was recently relocated to the Men’s Hub in Meek Street, Bourke and last week, Chris and P. Smurf were back in Bourke to work with Stephen and Lorraine.

“We met Stephen about this time last year when we first came to Bourke and he was just really keen to be involved,” Chris said.

“We were looking for someone to take ownership of the studio when we couldn’t be there, so he and Lorraine learnt how to use the equipment in studio, and the software, and are now running it and working on their own music.

“Stephen played a few of his songs during one of the workshops and we went ‘Wow!’ - he is really talented, and so we encouraged him to record his own music and get it released. […]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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