Kilburn mother launches free six month music course for teenagers

Ngozi Ijanboh, founder of Divine Purpose

Ngozi Ijanboh, founder of Divine Purpose - Credit: Archant

A Kilburn mother is offering up to 10 young people a unique and free opportunity to take part in a music industry project and develop their own EP.

Ngozi Ijanboh, founder of youth charity Divine Purpose, is launching a pilot offering 13-19 yr-olds weekly music tuition, performance and business skills at the Granville Centre in Carlton Vale.

The course runs for six months every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm starting in September and ending in February and could change the lives of the participants.

The group will learn about music production and by the end of the course will release their own EP and perform a live showcase.

The mother of four sons under 10 years old, Ngozi currently offers free dance classes to children in Church Road, Harlesden through her fledgling business.

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The 37-year-old said: “Until last week we didn’t have charity status so I was unable to apply for any funding. It’s just me putting on this project at the moment.

“I used to work with young offenders and I want to help young people find their purpose, because they all have one. What do you like doing, what’s your gift, you’re talent?

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“There’s no judgement, just come as you are.”

She has chosen music for her project as it is something she believes young people are interested in, with the growth in grime music currently a trend.

Tracey Renja, founder of the Feed’EM Music Group, who himself was a gang member in South Kilburn before turning his life around, will lead the group on their musical odyssey.

“If this project is successful, I’d like to take it to Harlesden as well next time and someday have my own community centre where disaffected young people can come,” said Ngozi.

“There’s a lot of gang rivalry between south Kilburn and Church Road and I would love to give the opportunity to those on both sides.

“Children believe they should be shown love in a certain way and when they don’t receive that, it makes them behave in a certain way. Through no fault of their own many parents don’t have all the time to give to their children what they want. They are out working or have other demands. So the children go elsewhere.”

She added: “Working with children and young people is my passion. Whatever these kids are coming in with, we want to work with them.”

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