By Reform Radio
on Fri Apr 22 2022
Last year, we hosted a 24-hour takeover, showcasing 24 different artists from across the world to raise awareness for climate action. This year, we focus on platforms that are working actively to make a difference.
Focus on sustainability has been at the core of Reform since the very beginning. In 2021, we won the Promotion of Environmental Sustainability Award at Manchester Culture Awards.We continue to work towards on being more sustainable and finding means of collaboration with people from all around the world in ways that do not disturb the planet.
Ergon Theatre is one of the UK’s leading companies making performance-based work about the climate crisis and the future. They make climate science accessible to people in educational, entertaining and empowering ways.
You can catch Ergon on the airwaves of Reform today at 12PM (BST) showcasing their recent project GET HEARD.
“The project was born out of a desire to platform young, climate voices in an age where the older generation has a habit of claiming to be “more educated” on the issue – here’s looking at you Richard Madeley and that shameful interview with Just Stop Oil on GMB. Our GET HEARD radio show presents our 5 winning pieces of writing alongside some climate contemplation and music curated by the artists”.
GET HEARD is a compilation of written words and poetry from the young voices of climate change in Manchester. Consisting of five different spoken word artists, including The Emissions of Babymaking (Carson Wolfe), Batty (Liz Gibson), Soya Milk (Lucy Simpson), Wet Bulb (Darcy May Gilliam), Of Obsidian (Harley Quill) and Hope (Jamie Styman). Curated and Sound Designed by Ergon Theatres Robin Lyons and Noé Sérbert, with Danyal Hassan as Sound Engineer and Ned Cooper and Harley Quill facilitating.
The project was created in association with Manchester Fashion Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by Natural Environment Research Council and supported by Contact Theatre and ourselves.
ROSE BONICA X SHESAIDSO SOUTH AFRICA X INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION GRANT PROGRAMME
We recently teamed up withRose Bonica – DJ, Producer & owner of Roses Are Red Records – as well as SheSaidSo South Africa as part of the #InternationalCollaborationGrants supported by the British Council for a 6 month Music Production and Online Radio Training Course. The hope is to uplift women, LGBTQIA+ producers and musicians from underserved communities in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Today, Rose’s show will air from 3PM- 5PM (BST), giving you a taste of what she’s all about, with the debut live performance of her lockdown EP. Learn more about the Collaborative Grant Programme, meet the trainees and explore the women in South African music who shaped the landscape of how music is made today.
As well as Rose Bonica’s live show, we had a chat with her to find out why she joined the programme and her personal goals for it.
ANG (South Of The Boredom)
ANG is a DJ and Talent Agent from Johannesburg, South Africa. As well as a Co-Director at SheSaidSo South Africa, her show, South of the Boredom, has been running on Reform Radio since 2016. It explores the ever changing and burgeoning landscape of South African music across the genre spectrum.
We had a chat with ANG to find out more about her goals for the project and what sustainability means to her.
THE OTHER RADIO (CAPE TOWN)
The Otheris an independent radio station based in Cape Town, South Africa. As a community led platform, they aim to showcase diverse sounds of the world that could be described as ‘other’. Today, we teamed up with them for the ultimate radio swap taking place all day. Two DJs from South Africa join our airwaves, Tzara and Zara Julius, and joining them on The Other are two of our very own residents Inka and Zeyla.
You might recognise Zeyla from her performance at the virtual stage at We Out Here festival(2021) or HERchester(2021), a collective of female MCs culminating in a documentary and collaborative performance. Today she takes over the airwaves from 1PM- 2 PM (BST) with a blend of conscious Rap, moving Soul classics and more.
Inka is a beat-maker, DJ & producer from Manchester. Doing big things in the North West, he too has previously performed for the at our virtual stage at We Out Here Festival in 2021 for Soundcamp Showcase. Now you can catch him shelling some bops and bangers for today’s Earth Day special from 2PM- 3 PM (BST).
Joining Reform and coming at us all the way from South Africa is Charter Flights with Zara Julius and Tzarawith Lucky Packet show.
Zara Julius is an artist, researcher, vinyl collector and selector based mostly in Johannesburg. Charter Flights is her selection of flights and feelings through different geographies and temporal realities throughout the global south and beyond.
Tzara is a multidisciplinary composer & producer from Cape Town, South Africa. Lucky Packet is literally a mixed bag of treats spanning epochs, genres, and moods that inspire her own music. You never quite know what you’re going to get!
If you have any questions or ideas about Reform and our work around sustainability, please give us a shout.