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Screen_Shot_2014-07-22_at_7.44.49_PMSummer programs are abounding in Orange Walk but the next one we are about to hear of is perhaps the first of its kind for youth in Orange Walk. We are talking about music and production, a summer class being facilitated at the Banquitas House of Culture. Here is a look at what the participants are learning.

Dalila Ical – Reporting

Normando Esquilliano – Facilitator

“I came here and I am going to teach them the recording procedure to song writing and you know how to have a final production at the end of the day.”

Normando Esquiliano is facilitating a week of music and production lessons to at least ten interested teenagers from Orange Walk Town. While the number of participants seems low, their interest is genuine and serious as stated by Lucreshia Keyz.

Lucreshia Keyz – Participant

“I really want to learn to do DJing and to make my own music and with the help of ESCO it was possible, he will make it possible.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“So far you see that the classes are really, really worthwhile?”

Lucreshia Keyz – Participant

“Yes, he makes us write a new lyric yesterday and like today we will find a next beat to it and we will record.”

It’s a great experience, and a new one for these eager musical prospects.

Normando Esquilliano

“A little bit of amateur experience that they have because I feel grateful that a lot of time people come to me and make me listen to the projects and you know I give them a helping hand an right now they are learning and at the end of the summer program they can have their final product through me and I guess from there they can take it on own their own.”

Esquilliano adds though, that there is more that they can achieve, especially with tools like social media. Given the right skills, they can go far.

Normando Esquilliano

“It does have a market out there because when you listen to the radio it is always the same commercials we hear right, it would be for them to create an outlet other than only making music and do advertisements and anything that comes to the media like for instance in Belize city they have a company that professionally does recording for the open public so maybe from there they can make a business other than just doing it for fun.”

And Keyz, it turns out is not just a regular participant. She is representing Orange Walk in the Junior Category in the Patriotic song competition to be held soon as part of the September Celebrations this year. With the lessons this week, she says she is sure to perfect her presentation.

Lucreshia Keyz – Participant

“I got motivated from my mom, Banquitas House of Culture, Mrs. Yvette Torres, Cindy Cal and my tailor Emmanuel Robinson and with the help from ESCO and Mr. Chekky Usher from Universal.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“So the lyrics to your song are they yours?”

Lucreshia Keyz – Participant

“Yes Miss”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“And the music he helped you put it all together?”

Lucreshia Keyz – Participant

“Yes miss, Mr. George Martinez my choir musician, he stepped up and helped me.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“How you feeling at this whole project”

Lucreshia Keyz – Participant

“I feel great”

The summer program ends at the end of this week.

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