Last year, SAE launched an initiative that saw them partnering up with New York based sound engineer and tour DJ for Jay-Z, Young Guru. The partnership is between the ‘Young Guru Foundation’ and SAE Institute, in conjunction with local Cape Town NGO ‘Heal the Hood’.
The idea behind the initiative was to facilitate the funding of a student to study a one-year, full time Higher Certificate in Sound Production at the SAE Institute campus in Cape Town.
Young Guru launched the scholarship when he visited their campus to present a series of workshops. The workshops were well attended by the crop of Cape Town’s Hip Hop community, thought lead by a very intelligent and sensible man. All in attendance learned a thing or two about the origin of Brooklyn original Hip Hop and the birth of the genre.
The scholarship winner was, a Gugulethu teenager named Abulele Ndenze who won thanks to his application essay.
“I began writing rap songs, poetry, movie scripts, plays, short stories and R&B songs at nine years old. Ever since that time I’ve been writing and fixing writing errors that I made in previous scripts and I’ve been progressing ever since.” Says Abulele Ndenze
What was important was that the SAE Institute felt that he showed the virtues of creativity, tenacity and determination that would most likely result in him taking the most advantage of the opportunity represented by the scholarship.
In February this year, Abulele has already started at SAE Institute, an exciting time for him surely. SAE and it’s talented lecturers are looking forward to helping him take his dreams and impressive output of work to another level where he can live off his musical output.
This is the first ever Young Guru Scholarship and applications will open again in May for the 2014 academic year.