BRIT and Grammy nominated star Mahalia has announced a new workshop and events series to help tackle inequality in the DJ and music production scenes.

Sisters in Sound was created by the youth-led charity Small Green Shoes, who mentored and supported Mahalia when she was first signed at the age of 13. It has arisen out of the passion of Mahalia and SGS founder Natalie Wade to help lower the barriers to entry to the music scene for young women of colour around the country.


The workshop series is all about helping up-and-coming young women of colour to learn from the best in the business how to succeed, and consists of four interactive workshops involving diverse fields such as DJing, music production and content editing. It will culminate in an epic live showcase event commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8 at Tileyard Gallery in King’s Cross, London, where the involved artists show what they’ve learned to an audience.


The series is part of a wider initiative – the Dr. Martens Tough as You programme, in which Mahalia and fellow UK star Kojey Radical are striving to increase accessibility for underrepresented demographics in the musical industry across Europe. The programme’s methods encompass financial help, industry guidance and vital creative advice, all with the aim of bringing the grassroots to a platform which it deserves. It has achieved success in assisting projects in Liverpool and Bristol in the past year.


If you’re interested in what Sisters in Sound has to offer, check out more here.


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