Musician Ahmir Khalib Thompson, also known as Questlove, has offered to assist to fund the annual musical at his school, the Philadelphia High School for Innovative and The stage Arts (CAPA), it is now revealed this week.
Questlove, who plays drums for that Grammy-award winning Hip Hop group ‘The Roots’ (the band presently occupying the spot as house band for United states talk TV show ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’), can be a greatly asked for record producer, music journalist and DJ.
The 42-year-old drummer heard that his school was being pushed to cancel their 2013 musical as a result of budget cuts and opted to ensure that next year’s show wouldn’t experience an identical destiny.
Thompson it seems that called the school’s principal, Johnny C. Whaley, JR and offered a “sizeable donation” to make sure that the performance would go ahead next year.
As a result of Questlove’s generosity as well as the hard work of other donors (like local lawyers Charles Peruto and Abe Kasbo) the college’s annual musical tradition is expected to resume in 2014.
Whaley told KYW Newsradio that Thompson has “reached out to our college in the past and given us supplies”, he went on to say that “you’ve to grasp that we’re a very close-knit organization, when our alumni see things changing, if they have the economic ability to help, they reach out to us.”
The annual event, that’s an important platform both for CAPA as an establishment and for youthful talent in the Philadelphia neighborhood, costs about $65,000 (approximately £42,000) to provide, but isn’t a part of CAPA’s annual budget. “There’s a particular standard of brilliance we have,” says Whaley of that cost, “We don’t give in when it relates to production”
The previous show had been funded by The Home and School Society, following a contribution from The William Penn Foundation.
CAPA is noted for the fostering of imaginative talent and several of the school’s graduates have gone on to flourishing professions 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 known as ‘Black Thought’) whilst both were students at CAPA.