Children from Rookery Primary School participating in the Beat the Street Birmingham competition were recently treated to a special afternoon with Handsworth celebrity Apache Indian.
After embarking on a walk organised to enable them to tap as many Beat Boxes as possible as part of the six-week walking, cycling and running competition, school pupils were delighted to meet mystery guest Apache Indian along the way.
The surprise route led the pupils and staff to the musician’s AIM Music Academy in Handsworth. The centre enables young people to experience life in the music industry and to showcase their musical talents.
Apache Indian said: “As soon as the children from Rookery Primary School came into AIM Academy they generated a great atmosphere and started dancing and singing. AIM Academy is here to work with young people from all backgrounds as well as keeping strong ties within the community.
“The visit organised by Beat the Street was a great example of how we can all work together which is one of the main goals of our Academy. I would personally like to thank the pupils and staff as everyone was full of energy, very well disciplined and contributed to an amazing day! AIM Academy would like to thank the Beat the Street team for working closely with our local community and for bringing smiles to people’s faces!”
Beat the Street Birmingham project engagement manager Asad Agha added: “Apache Indian has been extremely supportive of Beat the Street and we’d like to thank him for enabling the children at Rookery Primary School to have such a memorable and informative afternoon.
“He has embraced the ethos of Beat the Street so fully that he has even offered a fantastic prize. We offer daily ‘lucky tap’ prizes to Beat the Street players and one of these prizes will be the full use of his recording studio to produce their own song under his direction and will act as a mentor.”
More than 2,500 people are playing Beat the Street in Birmingham and have collectively walked, cycled or run nearly 9,000 miles. There are prizes of £500, £250 and £150 worth of vouchers for the top three teams on the overall and average points leaderboard when the competition ends on 13th April!