I actually listened to the CD! It was good. The immediate stand out track is the Traveller one, of course. Excellent idea!
Work-in-progress. Photo-montage project with Cat Phillips.
Last Monday, Power To The Pupils went to V&A The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. We went to get inspiration for our project on super-heroes and our next album.
The exhibition was called ‘Afro Supa Hero’. It was a collection of action figures, books and comics about Black heroes and heroines. The figures included Meteor Man, Mr T, Mohammed Ali, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and Lieutenant Uhuru.
Members of Power to the Pupils also met the person who came up with the idea to do a black heroes exhibition, the great graphic designer Jon Daniels. He designed two Black super-heroes who are twins. He hopes to make them world famous! Jonny has been collecting black action figures for twenty years.
D’Andre said, “I really enjoyed our contest to see who could find the most super heroes or famous black people in the collection. There were over fifty people. Some were fictional and some were based on real people.”
Tyrese added “It was great! I hope I can go on more trips like that one!” Sarah agreed, adding, “It was incredibly exciting. I liked seeing all the Afro Supa Heroes.”
Power to the Pupils are planning to create their own super-heroes next. They will be working with local artist and Gayhurst parent, Cat Phillips. Lamar has already created a story about a black super-hero called ‘Hip-Hop Boy’.
Year 5 and 6 children can come to Power to the Pupils meetings every Monday at lunchtime and after school and on Wednesdays at lunchtime.
Journalists: Tyrese, Sarah, Jess, Lamar, Taiyakah, D’Andre
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To prepare for writing this song, we listened to scary songs and read scary stories. We wanted the audience to be frightened but also want to dance!
Rising stars is a fantastic achievement that Power to the Pupils
should be incredibly proud of. They are a talented group of
young people with excellent voices and plenty to say - grown ups,
As a teacher, I appreciate the dedication and hard graft that
clearly went into organising and realising the album.
As a hiphop fan, I appreciate the quality of the beats, rhymes
and album sleeve design.
As a mother, I appreciate having a great hiphop album to listen
to with my daughter.
The educators, producers, MCs and artists who worked with
the pupils to create the album are inspiring - I look forward
to the next PttP album!
It’s great to get feedback on the album!
This song was written by a Year 5 girl after discussions during Power to the Pupils sessions about her identity as a Traveller and how other people acted towards her. The song includes PttP members on guitar and backing vocals.
All lyrics written by Power to the Pupils. Music by Agent of Change.
If the link doesn’t work, try https://soundcloud.com/powertothepupils/playtime
The art-work for ‘Rising Stars’! Available from Saturday!