11th April, 2011

Stow College student secures slot for Radio Kilimanjaro

Scotland’s first African Radio Station

A Stow College student with a passion for African and Caribbean music has secured a presenting slot at internet based radio station Radio Kilimanjaro - Scotland’s first African Radio Station.


Studying on the HND Sound Production course at Stow College, Scotland’s longest established course in this field, Luela Banamuse (26) originally from the Bajuni Islands, south of Somali, Africa, now living in Thornlibank, was asked to help out at the station by Beltus Etchu, a co-founder of Radio Kilimanjaro and created by the Next Step Initiative (NSI).


Drawing on her experiences of working in the studio at Stow College, the student, who is also an Asylum Seeker, volunteered to work in the studio at the only cross-platform African community media resource in Scotland presenting the Up Close and Personal show, highlighting great African and Caribbean singers of the past, present and future.


Having travelled in 2008 to study and learn in Scotland, the lifelong learner achieved her European Computer Driving Licence qualification before enrolling at Stow College last year. Currently studying part-time on the HND course, the committed volunteer has also kindly donated her time to Pan African Arts Scotland (PAAS) where she helps support The Highlife Band both vocally and with sound production during their performances.


Luela Banamuse commented: “This is a great opportunity for me to learn, provide entertainment and contribute to the African community in Glasgow through online station Radio Kilimanjaro and highlight all the support for asylum seekers and refugees throughout Scotland, as well as try and recruit volunteers for the station.”


“Stow College staff and Glasgow residents have been very welcoming to me and the HND Sound Production course at Stow College has given me the necessary skills to use in the studio, such as mixing music and tone control, as well as the confidence to explore new areas and present music genres that interest me.”


The HND in Sound Production course covers multi-track recording, sound production theory and practice and programming and sequencing. Possible progression to university courses can be obtained on completion of this course.


The Next Step Initiative is a Community managed, needs-led charitable organisation that contributes to social, economic and digital inclusion in our target communities. The NSI engender personal development and community capacity building by encouraging participation in the processes of community media production particularly focusing on the development of the African Community in Scotland.


For more information please visit www.radiokilimanjaro.co.uk

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