Musician Ahmir Khalib Thompson, also called Questlove, has offered to assist to fund the twelve-monthly musical at his old school, the Philadelphia High School for Creative and The stage Arts (CAPA), it was discovered this week.
Questlove, who plays drums for this Grammy-award winning Hip Hop group ‘The Roots’ (the group presently occupying the spot as house group for United states talk show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’), is also a extremely sought after record producer, music journalist and DJ.
The 42-year-old drummer heard that his old school was being pushed to cancel their 2013 musical due to funding cuts and opted to make sure that next year’s show would not 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.
Because of Questlove’s kindness and also the hard work of other donors (for example local lawyers Charles Peruto and Abe Kasbo) the school’s annual musical tradition is predicted to resume in 2014.
Whaley told KYW Newsradio that Thompson has “reached out to our college previously and given us provisions”, he went on to state that “you’ve got to know when we’re an incredibly close-knit association, and when our alumni see things changing, when they possess the economic ability to help, they reach out to us.”
The annual event, that’s an important showcase both for CAPA as an establishment and for young talent in the Philadelphia region, 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 brilliance we have,” says Whaley of that cost, “We don’t compromise when it relates to production”
The previous show had been funded by The Home and School Organization, following a scholarship 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 thriving professions 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 also numerous more.
Questlove met and befriended MC and fellow ‘Roots’ cofounder Tariq Trotter (better referred to as ‘Black Thought’) while both were students at CAPA.