Musician Ahmir Khalib Thompson, often known as Questlove, has decided to assist to fund the twelve-monthly musical at his school, the Philadelphia High School for Inventive and Drama Arts (CAPA), it is revealed this week.
Questlove, who plays drums for the Grammy-award winning Hip Hop band ‘The Roots’ (the crew presently occupying the position as the house band for US talk show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’), can be a greatly asked for record producer, music journalist and DJ.
The 42-year-old drummer heard that his old school was being forced to cancel their 2013 musical owing to budget cuts and opted to ensure that next year’s show would not experience the same fate.
Thompson it seems that called the school’s principal, Johnny C. Whaley, JR and offered a “sizeable donation” to ensure that the show would go to the fore next year.
As a result of Questlove’s bounteousness as well as the hard work of other donors (for example local lawyers Charles Peruto and Abe Kasbo) the school’s annual musical custom is anticipated to resume in 2014.
Whaley told KYW Newsradio that Thompson has “reached out to our college before and given us goods”, he went on to state that “you’ve to grasp when we’re an extremely close-knit organization, when our alumni see things changing, when they possess the financial ability to aid, they reach out to us.”
The annual event, that is an important platform both for CAPA as an institution and for youthful talent within the Philadelphia neighborhood, costs about $65,000 (approximately £42,000) to provide, but is not a part of CAPA’s annual budget. “There’s a certain standard of superiority we now have,” says Whaley of the cost, “We don’t compromise when it comes to production”
The prior show was funded by The Home and School Organization, following a contribution from The William Penn Foundation.
CAPA is noted for the fostering of innovative talent and several of those school’s graduates have gone on to successful careers in arts and entertainment. Notable alumni include record-breaking RnB vocal group ‘Boyz II Men’, author and ‘Scrubs’ co-producer Angela Nissel and former James Brown and Sting bassist Christian McBride as well as many more.
Questlove met and befriended MC and fellow ‘Roots’ cofounder Tariq Trotter (better called ‘Black Thought’) whilst both were students at CAPA.