The Show That Shaped Your Story
Don’t miss performances & interviews from Ghetts, Young T & Bugsey, RAY BLK and IAMDDB.
Watch live on Thursday 22 April 2021 and get free skills for work and life.
Spring 2021: Line Up
Ghetts is increasingly recognised as one of the most vital, talented and enduring artists to emerge from the UK’s grime scene. Born Justin Clarke, the East Londoner combines razor-sharp rhymes delivered with crystal clear diction, a healthy dose of humour, and creative, intelligent wordplay.
“In a time where individuality is underrated, I feel it’s important to encourage young people to be themselves, after all they are next in line to carry the responsibility of changing the world. I can’t wait to perform for apprentice nation on the 22nd of April I believe in being fearless and seizing every opportunity that’s for you”
Check out some of Ghetts’ latest tracks in the Official Apprentice Nation Playlist
Young T & Bugsey
Bafta-nominated Nottingham duo Young T & Bugsey, known for finishing each others sentences, as well as their hits ‘Strike A Pose’ & the viral ‘Don’t Rush’ which had over 79,000 TikTok videos made to it last year.
Young T: “Supporting people to find their path in life is a big part of what I do and Apprentice Nation is an amazing platform for that, We’ve been through rough times and we’ve needed mentors in the past – people who’ve given us things to think about. We can relate to the challenges people are facing today and can’t wait to get on stage, share our story and help others feel inspired.”
Bugsey: “We’ve got to keep learning and also celebrate the wins on the journey. That’s why we’re joining Apprentice Nation; to celebrate the future and the opportunities that lie ahead. It’s been a difficult year for everyone and we’re happy we can show others that we can still have a good time and keep moving forwards.”
Check out some of Young T & Bugsey’s tracks in the Official Apprentice Nation Playlist
Known for her no-holds-barred lyrics and straight talk, whether on or off the mic, Ray BLK (real name Rita Ekwere) speaks her mind. The 26 year-old artist is celebrated for music that makes a statement. Her new single “Lovesick”, recent track “Warriors” – the lead song from the hugely acclaimed ROCKS film – and her forthcoming album, all prove that the ultimate girl’s girl is back with messages of tough love, a catalogue of quotables, and a renewed focus on self-love.
“I’m beyond excited to be working with Apprentice Nation to raise awareness of the diverse paths that anyone, no matter their background or gender, can access today. Coming from an underprivileged background myself in a council home with a single parent pushed me to be my best and made me determined to create a better future for myself and I want young women, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds like myself to have those opportunities too. I’m proud to be working to level the playing field, not just in the music industry but in career and life journeys, whatever path people choose.”
Check out some of RAY BLK’s tracks in the Official Apprentice Nation Playlist
If the future is female, then it has already started. Diana De Brito is the epitome of a new generation of female artists – young, talented and self-confident. In her music, the 25 year old daughter of an Angolan musician combines timeless soul and jazz in the tradition of Nat King Cole and Erykah Badu, with modern trap and RnB. She calls it Urban Jazz, some would say it is Neo Soul – it’s all true, because IAMDDB is anything but one-dimensional.
“I’m proud to be joining Apprentice Nation and supporting learning opportunities for everyone. It’s been tough for all this year but especially those from underrepresented backgrounds who lack visibility and positive role models in the workforce. It’s really important that people have the confidence and belief to put themselves out there. Apprentice Nation helps people from all communities and backgrounds build the skills to do this. I’m looking forward to sharing my music, sharing the love and supporting people through whatever challenging times they’re going through. Positive vibes to lift others is what I’m all about; and to never stop learning“
Check out some of IAMDDB’s tracks in the Official Apprentice Nation Playlist
Set to Host the Apprentice Nation Live Show, meet Yinka Bokinni.
A South London native with a law degree, Yinka’s love for music led her to pursue other dreams and she successfully landed herself the Rinse FM Breakfast Show. With her infectious energy, Yinka built up a loyal fan base and was eventually hired by Capital XTRA to host in the evenings. Yinka’s popularity and distinctive voice soon led her to the dream radio slot and her current position: The Capital Xtra Breakfast Show 6-10am.
Also a DJ, Yinka hosts the main stage at the huge Wireless Festival and has DJ’d for well-known brands such as eBay and Revlon. You will also find many collaborations on her social media platforms, such as Boots, Coca Cola and Maltesers. The range is broad thanks to Yinka’s adaptive style.