Politics and music: Who says they don't mix?
A final year A level student at the College of North East London (CONEL) is crazy about music as well as her studies. Margaret Amadi from Forest Gate has been writing lyrics since she was 13 and started performing at 15.
Concentrating on hip-hop and garage, Margaret, 19, has written and produced four songs (two of which have already been played on underground radio stations). After deciding on pitch and melody, she was assisted by her producers Tro and Karlos from Third Dimension who put the finishing touches to the tunes in the studio. They are credited with producing her current single Victimised.
When asked what type of music she writes, she reveals, I like to write deep songs that reflect what is happening in society and in my local community today. Through her music she aims to educate fellow teenagers about serious issues such as the importance of education and how to avoid trouble or crime.
Studying for A Levels in Government & Politics, English Language and Literature however takes a lot of dedication. And Margaret knows when and where to draw the line between music and her studies. She has just taken a year off from writing music to concentrate on her education, which has paid off. She is to study Politics at the prestigious Queen Mary and West field, University of London in September.
When asked how she will cope with University as well as continuing with her music, she says, I dont think it will be a problem. At the moment, I am taking several subjects, yet my degree course will focus solely on politics, so I should have a little more time for my music. If at any point I feel like I am losing focus, I will put my music aside and concentrate on studying, as I know music will always stay with me.
Margaret has managed to juggle her commitments however in recent months so that she could perform at the Tottenham Carnival in June and at the Finsbury Park Finfest in July under her stage name of Aggie.com. She is also appearing in Back to the Stage at the Shell Theatre in Tottenham this Friday 13 August.
Talented Margaret is also a professional dancer. She dances with a group called Boy Blue Entertainment, which is run and choreographed by Kenrick Sandy (H20) who has worked with artists like Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Mystique. I love dancing, but I had to take a break to concentrate on my college work and music. As soon as I have the time I would love to go back into choreography.
She has received a lot of encouragement from her family and from Courteney Brown, a Mentor, and Karlene Sutherland, a Youth Worker at CONEL, who she says continuously push her in the right direction.
Margaret will come back to the college once a week in September to act as a mentor herself as she is keen to make an equally positive contribution to other students at CONEL.
Notes to Editors:
1. If you would like more information on studying A Levels and other courses at the College of North East London, please call the course information hotline on 020 8442 3055 or visit www.conel.ac.uk
2. For more information on Mentoring programmes at CONEL please call Howard Jeffrey on 020 8442 3102.
3. Please see the attached photo of Margaret in her aggie.com necklace!
- Last Updated: 11 August 2004