were never like this when I was at school.
In the good ol' days, rock stars never dropped into classrooms
to jam with the students.
on Friday afternoon students and staff at Beverly Hills Intensive
English Centre were 'mixing it' with N'Fa, the former lead vocalist
of award-winning hiphop outfit, 1200 Techniques.
feels so sweet up here - I'm hearing beautiful music in my ear,"
rapped N'Fa in the impromtu freestyle form to his young audience,
who reciprocated by providing drums, tambourines and even the
odd cowbell as his backbeat.
your hands, shake it on the floor, come on now . . . I feel so
much love in this room." And how.
Julie Ross welcomed the hiphop artist with ba packet of Tim-Tams,
in reference to his one-time gig as the original genie in the
ad for the "addictive" chocalate biscuits.
fronting 1200 Techniques, N'Fa - who is also Known by the stage
name of N'Famas (pronounced 'infamous') - prompted his audience
to think about creating a better world with the likes of Karma.
the school's 15 or so percussion students, the tall, dark and
handsome visitor on the microphpne was intriguing to watch, to
say the least.
had limited English and may have struggled with the freestyle
rap but they knew one thing for sure, the man can jam.
Hills Intensive English Centre teaches newly arrived students
from countries as diverse as Sierra Leone and Tonga. and Friday's
music-making certainly reflected the vibrant mix of cultures within
the classroom walls.
question time inevitably rolled around. N'Fa his experiences of
growing up in the outer suburbs of Perth with his West African
immigrant father and Australian mother.
wasn't as much culture as there is in this roomwhere Igrew up."
he told the students.
up, it was quite lonely in that cultural element - it kills me
that I didn't have access to that because I feel like I don't
know a part of myself."
this weird thing in Australia where you feel you have to pick
a side. I never wanted to do that so I ended up floating around
and meeting as many people as I could."
one of the most resonant messages the rapper relayed to his new
fans was that they could achieve anything that they set their
amazed I'm even where Iam." he said modestly.
I'm saying is that you don't have to come from a certin stock
to achieve. I got as far as I did with a notepad and pen - I was
petritied but I thought: "I have to do this'."