Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids
- David Pollock
- 8 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Fun intro to beatboxing for kids (and parents)
By the end of this hour, says outrageously talented beatboxer Shlomo, we're all going to be superstar beatboxers. For the kids of all ages who appear mystified but intrigued by the furious clicking, ticking and bass drops coming out of his mouth, it seems like a fun game to play. For the excited parents (like the one in front of me, eagerly whispering the answers to the basic hip hop history questions which open the show), this is a chance to fulfil a dream.
The sometime collaborator with Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Damon Albarn also mentions briefly in his thanks at the end that he's had a couple of years out of the game to recover from mental health issues, and to write a new album about the experience. This adds an extra degree of poignancy to the enthusiasm which he brings to the task of passing on skills to the very youngest of his successors.
Shlomo takes the audience through the basic 'instruments', encouraging them to join in with sounds he taught himself at the age of eight; the hi-hat, the snare, the synth and the kick drum, and then the viscerally impressive bass drop, with mic pressed against throat.
'Then I kept practising every night until I became internationally successful,' he jokes, at one point, picking two pairs of children for an onstage face-off designed to test enthusiasm over skill. 'I love my job,' he smiles, aside to the crowd, when the tiny four-year-old girl in a princess dress proves to be the best of the lot.
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