The Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts Group is enjoying meeting up every Saturday face-to-face!
CAN is delighted the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts Group in Leigh, in the borough of Wigan, is back.
Kámoši is busy working with CAN’s talented artists: they’re creating music with the multi-instrumentalist Jaydev Mistry, developing their performance skills with drama worker Chelsea Morgan, and working with visual artist Mandy Beck McKim who’s using textiles, 3D, and 2D media to create puppets, mosaics, and illustration with the group. CAN’s artists are joined by Wigan Music Service’s facilitators Mel McCabe and Sharon Darby-Purcell who are developing the group’s considerable musical talents.
Listen to some of the music Kámoši has created this summer with two tracks inspired by the environment.
‘It’s our future and our responsibility.’
Through outreach in schools and links with families, Kámoši is delighted to welcome new members to the lively mix of music-led performance activities now taking place every Saturday, and face-to-face before taking a break for the summer holidays in July.
CAN’s Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts Group is our project for children aged 6 – 11 years in Leigh. Children are from a range of backgrounds, including those from refugee and migrant families, the local traveller community, and from the town’s more established diverse communities. The project builds confidence, creative skills, and children make connections and friends with the wider community.
Throughout 2020, due to the COVID restrictions, Kámoši couldn’t come together to enjoy their regular Saturdays so we kept in touch remotely. CAN posted packs full of art materials, inspiration, and creative challenges – and a few snacks to keep the energy flowing.
CAN was able to continue to fund music sessions in a local primary school where children worked in COVID-safe small groups with music facilitator Mel McCabe learning the ukulele and composing their own music and songs. Teachers and pupils have had a wonderful time and keep asking for more.
In December 2020, Kámoši created Our Street, a film mixing their creative writing, and craft with film footage by artist Chelsea Morgan. Our Street took audiences on a tour of their imaginary street and town, with all the children’s ideas cleverly weaved together by artists. Once the story and visuals were created by Chelsea, then musician Jaydev Mistry created an original soundtrack, responding to the ideas and creativity of the group.
Reaction from a Kámoši member when the new Saturday sessions were announced.
“Singing and dancing is fun! I like Kamosi and enjoy playing with my friends.”
Member of Kámoši
“[My daughter] absolutely loves Kamosi. It has built her confidence and she’s made new friends…she’s been learning the ukulele and cello. She loves mixing with different children and making new friends.”
“Kamosi is amazing, friendly and makes people shine and build friends and confidence, and builds on children’s self-esteem, too…”
Mum of a Kámoši member
CAN works in partnership with the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS), Wigan Music Service, and three local primary schools, to put creativity at the heart of children’s lives.
Funded by BBC Children In Need and Youth Music.