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Make Music with Mali Hayes

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Find out about how Mali writes songs using unusual harmonies and layered melodies, and collaborate to create your own track using the same techniques.

The first in a series of online music workshops for young musicians aged 13-19, who are interested in developing their skills and exploring new ways to make music. For more information about the other workshops in this series click here.

To find out more about our music business workshops for 13-19’s click here.

This session will be led by professional musicians and facilitators Phill Howley and Ellen Beth Abdi, and will happen online, via Zoom. If you have any questions please email lucy@brightersound.com or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


About the guest artist

Mali Hayes’ music is perfumed with vibrant real life stories and coloured with honesty and soul, also described as a Jazzy-Nu-R&B type Neo Soul. After recording and self releasing her debut EP, Quiet Silence, in late 2016 with her producer and mother, Mali hit the scene running as she joined Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers, an Arts Council England funded Brownwood talent discovery programme. This saw Mali performing at The Jazz Cafe and Gilles’ new festival – We Out Here. After various radio airplay (BBC 6 Music – Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 2 – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 1xtra / Selector Radio – Jamz Supernova and more), numerous support slots (Bilal, Jamila Woods, Alfa Mist, Poppy Ajudha, Blue Lab Beats, Sons Of Kemet, Yazmin Lacey and more) and a collaboration with Foreign Beggars and Maverick Sabre under her belt, Mali continues to establish herself as an artist of real vision, dedication and drive. Find Mali on FacebookTwitter and Bandcamp.

About the workshop leaders

Phill Howley is a professional drummer, composer, producer and educator. Over the years he’s worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians, including Liz Green, Louis Barrabass, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet. He’s also one fourth of the genre-defying Shyfinger. For the last 20 years Phill has worked as a Project Manager, Music Facilitator and Music Leader, and in that time has worked on a wide variety of projects with hugely diverse client groups of all ages.

Ellen Beth Abdi is a vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. Ellen completed a degree in vocals on the Popular Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2017, she was selected to be part of New Order’s 12 piece synth-orchestra for the band’s collaboration with Manchester International Festival and visual artist Liam Gillick ‘∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) so it goes…’, out of which came a Sky Arts documentary, a live album and a spot singing backing vocals on the subsequent European tour. Ellen also performed in the 2019 MIF production ‘The Nico Project’ with Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom. Ellen fronts Manchester’s ’22 legged afro party juggernaut’ Agbeko and is one of three lead singers in the seven piece band Kara. Ellen is currently training as a music facilitator with Brighter Sound.