Doing it differently for young people’s voices in Torbay

Torbay Weekly

Two teenage rappers from Paignton, Torbay visited Portsmouth on 28th last week to perform as part of an album launch event to celebrate original music created by young people from Hampshire.  

Our local hip-hop/grime stars performed some of their original songs in front of a crowd at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant.

The Sound Communities project in Paignton works with some very creative individuals who may not have had most straightforward teenage lives and allows them to express their feelings and emotions through lyric writing and rap. The Oceanside Records project was supported by Torbay Youth Trust.

For both of our Torbay performers it was their first opportunity to perform in front of a live crowd since they had started working with Sound Communities CIC. The event brought together over 15 other young people who had been part of the Mavericks project across the Hampshire area and they all performed original material on the night.

These Torbay young people have been so inspired by working with Sound Communities CIC that they have set up their own record label, Oceanside Records. They have had more than 20,000 views for their recent “Welcome to Torbay” track and video.

Lead rapper, Bowlzy (17) recently performed live at a Torbay Council Cabinet meeting and had his latest song played on BBC Radio 1 as part of it’s “BBC Introducing” feature.

“This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time from having this opportunity. I was so nervous beforehand,” said NJ Flows (15, Spires College in Torquay)

Mike Cook, Director of Sound Communities CIC said: “These young men are already inspiring many other young people across the Bay, but this Mavericks project has allowed them to have their voices heard across the UK now too.

“It’s not easy being a successful young person in Torbay, especially when they have both faced their own challenges at such a young age, but they are making great steps to being proud members of the local community.”

To find out more about Sound Communities and Oceanside Records please visit

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