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Keighley musician upset that youth take the rap
10:00am Saturday 23rd February 2013 in Keighley
An aspiring musician disappointed by the bad publicity his generation often gets is using his talents to help Keighley’s young people express themselves in a positive way.
Former Oakbank School student Sean Davies, 19, has been involved in music for much of his life, and is a promising rapper and DJ.
Like many young people, he was horrified at the bad impression the summer riots of 2011 gave his generation, and decided to do something about it.
Although older generations may not view rap music in the most positive light, Sean recognises the positive influence it has had on his own life.
Now he has set out to teach as many young people as possible about how to express themselves in a productive way, in the hope they never stray into anti-social behaviour through boredom or lack of prospects.
The Bracken Bank teen launch-ed ROLE – Rhymes, Opportun-ities, Life, Experience – and now holds workshops for schools and community groups.
Sean said: “What inspired me to start my business were the London riots. Young people were getting a very bad press, and I wanted to do something to show not all young people are the same.”
After school, Sean attended Shipley College, where he obtained qualifications in music production, and he has also been involved with youth work for the past five years.
He added: “When I was in school, I used to mess about rapping, and people said I was really good at it – a lot of record labels have shown interest.”