I've been here since last Wednesday our hosts are amazingI have played a gig, learnt African drumming and today have been shopping. the hi light of the day was being surprised by Jane with this awesome cake. Though I'm away from home I have been made to feel very welcome. When I get back I'll be on the roads learning to drive. Working on my new EP and finishing off my single.
Out of action! I had a freak fencing accident last week which has meant I cannot play guitar at present. My glove failed and a sword went straight through my right hand. Luckily no severe damage. I have been working more with the piano & backing tracks, I went to my gig with a new style for now. I'm working with the Physiotherapist to get back on track very soon. It is good to expand what you can do and stretch yourself.
A busy month for me as we are full on with events at school and I'm soon off to Ghana to volunteer at the Kokribite Chiltern Centre 18 - 25th durning ½ term. I'm excited as I will be teaching music, playing a few gigs for the town and also building using the wasted plastic. They have a very green foot print in this area. I will also be filming a documentary of my trip hi-lighting the use of the donated clothes from our school.
Learning to drive on my return as I'll then be 17
I'm looking forward to working on the schools trip, more up coming gigs and my EP
I have now been on this journey for the last 2 years and it's amazing documenting life and watching my career develop.
Wow things all come at once!
A- Level choices made, lots of writing & practicing. Exciting times over the next few months, life is so full throttle!
Working on the next phase of music, photo & video shoots
Very happy to have had my GCSE results yesterday. Looking forward to 6th Form a mix of music, media & business I think but we shall see...
This summer has been busy but fun, what with China, giging, helping out at Summer School I've really enjoyed the variety.
I now find myself organising going to Ghana in October to volunteer for a Charity kokrobitechilterncentre.org Kokrobite Chiltern Centre with my friend Cam. I will enjoy the experience and as a media student will also document the time we spend there. Jabs & visas flights booked! If you would like to help me sponsor a child click gf.me/u/cr5kzg via Go Fund Me it costs £160 per year to educate cloth & feed a child we are looking to sponsor 2.
Looking forward to more gigs coming up, I have been writing with Emmie & recording with Urban in the London studios. Writing solo & working with my band. Met some inspiring people over the summer too. It's been an amazing crazy time
JUL 26 2017
Oska Zaky (pt 1)
Farm Festival, Features
I remember the night, a cold Halloween evening when Oxjam was still a thing, a young charming lad turned up at The Venue in Wells, full of enthusiasm and clutching a guitar. No expectations, no preconceptions, this lad played some covers before blessing us with some original offerings of his own. I was mesmerised. Almost two years later Oska Zaky is a household name in Somerset. Amongst his many achievements Oska has maintained a humble and welcoming nature which comes as part of his appeal. The list of events he has electrified is endless, Glastonbury Festival, Godney Gathering, and soon to be Farm Fest to name but a few highlights of his short career.
I want to tell you about the Oska I know, the one who greets me with a hug and warm smile every time I see him. The one I witnessed smash his way through three of his own songs at the GFM song writing competition a mere three days after his mentor and dear friend passed away. A young man who managed to play at three separate events in one day whilst still maintaining his enthusiasm and quality. Humble, respectful and hardworking there soon won’t be a day I need to introduce you to him. His music speaks for itself.
He is the ultimate DIY artist. I once sat with Oska as he explained to me at great length how he shot and edited his video for Pieces. Parts in LA, parts at home, all in all a well delivered piece of art. He can speak Chinese by the way … in a culture struggling to speak English … I know impressive. Is there anything he can’t do? I won’t ask his mother, there may be a longer list than he wishes to see which includes the dishes. Anyway let’s move on to more important things.
Oska is at Farm Fest this year after spending a few weeks travelling around China, no doubt an experience we will be hearing a lot about through his music. For those of you who haven’t had the honour of watching him perform then I suggest you head on down to see him in the afternoon. You will be amazed at how advanced he is and how well accomplished his music is. I dare you to prove me wrong.
The future looks set for the stars for Oska Zaky, if he continues to write and provide songs with such quality and heart he will no doubt find himself amongst the greats of the generation. There is more to his story. Keep an eye out as I follow his journey.
For more on Georgie & her work visit her web site at georgiethejourno.uk
Having decided back in Y9 to take Mandarin, Chinese for GCSE I finally got to go to China. I was going last year before my GCSE's but managed to get a featured slot at The Godney Gathering so postponed.
It was a long flight via Abu Dhabi. On arriving in Beijing 16th July it was very hot we got to our hotel lunch then a trip to the Summer Palace, we also met up with other schools on this trip.
During the week we visited Tiananmen Square and through to the Forbidden City, the architecture was stunning! Then to market at Xiushui, lots of haggling to be done. The Great Wall of China was a high light for me 80 percent vertical, I managed to find a guitar & Busked on the Great Wall of China! We went on to the traditional Chinese Markets of Nan Lugu Xiang watching the Fro-Yo flowers raining down on us and our food! Beijing Zoo, was next. I enjoyed the Chinese Tea Ceremony (top tip sit next to a plant throw the 1st cup a way to clean the cup, there was no need to do this was we were given paper cups.) we had 4 types of tea. Then on the the Temple of Heaven, though it was exceedingly hot. The food throughout has been good.
We headed to Harbin City 20th July with a stop to the Hanban HQ the funders of the trip, it was a small museum which we spent 2 hours at, quite interesting. We dropped off our bags after our delayed flight and went straight to the dumpling restaurant, lots of food. Now for going to school Chinese style, I'm in one of the top sets as I have completed 3 years of Chinese, so with the native speakers. I will defiantly be better at Chinese by the end of this week not much English during lesson time.
Today we visited a local village Lanxi and picked fruits & vegetables for dinner.
WOW! Glastonbury for me this year was truly amazing officially there at the Rabbit Hole 3.15 Thursday the place was rocking out and pleased to say my new Song Skin & Bone went down a treat! Best gig! Thanks Hamish. I then played Green Room Bar in T&C, Hospitality John Peel on Saturday, Worthy FM and my final official set at the Avalon Cafe Stage even made it on the official site in pictures scroll to the bottom Charles Gervais's set, or check out most of my social media's profile pictures. I met some amazing people & contacts for the future.
This Saturday see's me playing 3 events Clifton Fest, PitFest in Pitney & PitchFest in Bishops Lydard lets hope the traffic is on my side! Then off to China on the school trip, I've been asked to play at the opening & closing ceremonies. I hope to busk on the Great Wall of China too! Looking forward to working with Urban in London through August.
Please keep checking my gig page for updates on gigs & events for 2017
Mixing music with studying has been quite a journey.
Last few ones to go then let the summer begin.
Today was Ben's funeral a beautiful service befitting an amazing friend & teacher as you were to many of us an inspiration.
In the thick of GCSE's and looking forward to playing Glastonbury officially! Yes I can be found on the App and eFestival even with the typo!
A very busy month end of term fast approaching, I've been working with the school band and forming my own band starting in August. I have a list of things that I'm doing, getting around the industry with Emmie, in the studio with Urban, playing gigs. It's all happening here!
On Wednesday this week a teacher got me out of my lesson, I was asked to go with them to the music department. I heard I'm sorry to tell you Oska Mr Kench has passed away...
I could see for my teachers tears that this was an unbelievable reality. He continued to speak but I did not hear his words, my tears welling and I felt suffocated. My Friend, My mentor... GONE
Ben was a very talented singer songwriter, guitarist and teacher, he had been in bands but in 2014 he formed Safehaus a four piece band, I was their first support act. Since then their sound and popularity has risen that they were opening for TopLoader in September!
I feel such great loss as Ben was so passionate about my work, we were going to write a song together he'd help me with songs, chord patterns, so many aspects. In Dec 2013 I'd start to teach myself guitar and Ben gave me lessons in the holidays. As my song writing grew we worked on songs then we worked in the studio recording as well as at home. He just understood what I wanted to achieve. Last November We shared a gig as I launched my 2nd single On A Train, this was a great night.
Last night was the 1st time performing at the Youth Battle of the Bands knowing he'd gone... I was nervous but excited to be playing, it was so hard playing songs he'd worked with me on. I gathered myself and played.
I am still processing this, it's not real but I know it sadly is, he has 4 amazing children. I do not know why... but not without leaving his talent with each of us in it's own special way - Good night Ben, my friend, teacher, mentor thank you for every special moment
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!