Brief Overview of Bongo’s Rhythm Shack
- It’s a time of musical fun
- It’s a time to feel, learn and explore
- It’s a place of musical song and dance
- It’s the heartbeat of the drum
- It’s a hands-on, learning experience for kids
- It’s a confidence building opportunity for young people, offering composing and recording workshops
- It’s a happy ‘stroll down memory lane’ for adults who need a little boost of fun!
Whether in a Playgroup or a School, a Community Centre or Carnival, Day Centre or Care Home for the Elderly, Bongo’s Rhythm Shack is a safe environment where people of all ages and abilities, from different walks of life, can come together and experience the joy and pleasure of music making.
How Did Bongo’s Rhythm Shack Start?
In 1994 Bongo started a jam club called ‘The Rhythm Shack’, in Deer Park Baptist Church, for young people to play & learn. It ran for 11 months. In 1995, Bongo was approached by The Stackpole Centre in Pembrokeshire to run music sessions for groups of people with learning and physical disabilities. The Stackpole Centre allocated Bongo his own music room, where people from all over the UK would join the sessions when they came down on holiday. Local organisations and schools got to know about Bongo Clive and started to book sessions at The Stackpole Centre for their groups, and word of mouth brought in more bookings. Bongo registered as an artist with Arts Care Gofal Celf in Carmarthen which broadened his client base.
Bongo has run music workshops across the three counties (Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion) and beyond for 17 years.
It is widely known, and an accepted fact, that music can enhance the life of an individual, a group of people, a community, both practically and academically, giving life-long enjoyment and goals. As a community musician, Bongo has always been aware of the benefits of passing on his skills to people, whatever their age and ability. With 17 years of accumulated experience, working with people through the medium of music, Bongo’s personal development has also been on-going which enables him to offer a wide palette of musical activities. Bongo’s heart and vision is to run a Bongo’s Rhythm Shack Academy, reaching deprived areas around South West Wales and beyond.
What could Bongo’s Rhythm Shack Academy offer?
- Affordable musical instrument tuition – individuals and groups
- Music making workshops
- Composition and recording workshops
- Band development and mentoring
- Live and studio sound desk workshops
- Video and Editing workshops
- Backstage and Lighting workshops
- Performance skills and showcasing
The ACTION project is working with Bongo to link with partners in Co. Waterford who are engaged with similar activity and who will be able to help Bongo replicate successful community and continue on his journey towards becoming a social entrepreneur.