For over 30 years SADACCA has been bringing the city's African Caribbean community together over social, cultural and educational events. At its base on the Wicker, the community centre and social club are now joined by SADACCA Studios, bringing together professional recording studio facilities, production rooms, rehearsal spaces, instruments and equipment, as well as access to an experienced and diverse bunch of producers and recording engineers.
The studios are run by volunteers under the management of Musical Works, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing music activities and opportunities to those most in need. The aim is to offer training and to help local people to gain experience and skills that can open up career opportunities.
To celebrate their opening, the studios are holding an open day with performances, workshops, demos and activities for all ages and abilities.
- Try drums, guitars, keyboards, synthesisers, vocals, percussion, brass, strings, and steel pans at a group music making session for young people run by Musical Works.
- Take part in recording musicians in the fully refurbished 24-track multi-roomed Marley Suite recording studio. Learn about the equipment and how to get involved in recording sessions.
- Learn about music programming in the training room with production mentors.
- Take part in recording MCs in the production suite.
- Check out the video suite for recording musical performances.
Tripping Wires presents Contact Mic Drop In Session. Explore how to use contact microphones to reveal the hidden music of household objects and learn how to build them yourself (basic soldering included). Free, drop in – no booking needed.
Reggae Jam Session – grab an instrument and enjoy jamming with Chris Campbell and Paulette Morris (all ages and abilities).
Local/global superstar Kweku Sackey (K.O.G.) leads a huge Afro/fusion percussion and vocal workshop using steel pans and African instruments (all ages and abilities).
Vocals and song-writing workshop with the gifted Lorna and Jay of Inavibe. Write and record a song in the studio, then spit your lyrics onto video.
Acclaimed Sheffield author Johny Pitts launches his new book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe in an exclusive event, reading extracts and discussing his work in conversation with the author Desiree Reynolds. See video below for a taster.
Meet the staff, view the facilities find out about future training courses and opportunities.
Performances and DJs in the SADACCA Bar, including INAVIBE, PJ Francis, and DJs Godson and Corinthian.