Musician Ahmir Khalib Thompson, often known as Questlove, has decided to assist to fund the yearly musical at his old school, the Philadelphia High School for Innovative and The stage Arts (CAPA), it is revealed this week.
Questlove, who plays drums for that Grammy-award winning Hip Hop group ‘The Roots’ (the group presently occupying the position as house band for US chat TV show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’), can be a exceedingly asked for record producer, music journalist and DJ.
The 42-year-old drummer heard that his school was being forced to cancel their 2013 musical owing to budget cuts and opted to make sure that next year’s show wouldn’t suffer the same destiny.
Thompson it appears 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.
Due to Questlove’s bounteousness and also the hard work of other donors (like 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 school previously and given us equipment”, he went on to state that “you’ve to grasp when we’re an incredibly close-knit association, when our alumni see things changing, whenever they possess the fiscal ability to help you, they reach out to us.”
The annual event, which can be a necessary platform both for CAPA as an establishment and for young talent in the Philadelphia neighborhood, costs about $65,000 (approximately £42,000) to produce, but isn’t a part of CAPA’s annual budget. “There’s a particular standard of excellence we have,” says Whaley of the cost, “We don’t concede when it relates to production”
The earlier show was funded by The Home and School Society, following a contribution from The William Penn Foundation.
CAPA is noted for the fostering of creative talent and many of those school’s graduates have gone to flourishing careers in arts and entertainment. Notable alumni include record-breaking RnB vocal set ‘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’) while both were students at CAPA.