Since March 2020, after this pandemic with the Covid-19 started, Roma Rock School’s activities such as classes, trainings, gigs and concerts have been canceled or postponed. Fortunately, our staff and students adapted very quickly to this new situation. Despite the situation, together we found a new way to spread positive energy and maintain our free spirits by switching completely to online teaching.
The band Aerial Ace release a music video for their song They don’t care. This is the first band from Roma Rock School that has made an official video.
The band Aerial Ace is a band from Roma Rock School that was composed this year in April as part of the project “Music against discrimination and stereotyping from both, Roma and Non-Roma sides in North Macedonia” supported by Goethe-Institut Skopje.
The objective of the project was to contribute to intercultural tolerance between young Roma and non-Roma in North Macedonia by opening new channels of communication offering them the opportunity to network away from the political scene through rock music with Roma elements created and performed by young people as part of a mixed band transmitted to the general public through a music video.
Roma Rock School started a new project supported by Goethe Institute, Skopje. Info about the project:
Title of the project
Music against discrimination and stereotyping from both, Roma and Non-Roma sides in North Macedonia
Objectives of the project
To contribute to intercultural tolerance between young Roma and non-Roma in North Macedonia by opening new channels of communication offering them the opportunity to network away from the political scene through rock music with Roma elements created and performed by young people as part of a mixed band transmitted to the general public through a music video.
This project promotes intercultural cooperation by being part of a band, but also by creating something new. Individually everyone involved will gain a lot of new experience and skills by performing with at least 6 others in the band, supported and taught by a band coach, and communicating with the general public. It will give the involved parties a chance beside being in step with modern nowadays music and promoting the Roma music, to promote themselves as musicians and learn a lot about song writing and recording and to find cultural diversity as an advantage for creativity. During the project there will be 1 new song written and produced for the band. The song will contain elements from Roma traditional music and rock.
Open call for audition
Conducting an audition to select band members for the new band
Band coaching, rehearsing and classes with young musicians
Song writing and composing
Audio recording of the song in a professional studio
The executive director of Roma Rock School, Alvin Salimovski, had the honor to be panelist on the panel discussion: “How should schools evolve and support student wellbeing?” on the international conference “The interplay between child wellbeing and academic attainment” held on the 9th and 10th of March, 2022 in Hotel Aleksandar Palace in Skopje.
One of the topics he discussed was Roma Rock School’s activities as extracurricular activities and how they affect the improvement of students’ achievements and their general wellbeing.
The conference is organized as a joint initiative of the Government of North Macedonia, British Embassy Skopje, UNICEF and Macedonian Civic Education Center.
The video of the entire conference in Macedonian language you can find here.