Jay-Z’s producer launches SA bursary

Jay-Z's producer Young Guru is on his way to SA to launch a music production scholarship.

Along with sussing out SA's hip-hop scene, Young Guru (real name Gimel Keaton) will launch a scholarship fund at the School of Audio Engineering in Cape Town on 14 May.

The SAE institute, one of 54 campuses in 26 countries offers courses to students in sound production, digital film production and 3D animation. 

According to a report by Sowetanlive.co.za, Keaton (38) will also host two sound production workshops during his stay. During this time, Keaton will select his candidate for the R60 000 bursary to study at the institute. The scholarship will then be awarded annually.

The first workshop will be held at the institute's Church Square campus in Cape Town's central business district on Monday. The second will take place (in conjunction with Heal the Hood, which organises break dancing events) in Mitchell’s Plain the following day.

Keaton will also hit the decks at Long Street’s Zula Bar, alongside local DJs Ready D and DJ Azuhl.

Keaton has been producing for Jay-Z since his The Dynasty album almost 12 years ago and is also Jay-Z’s official tour DJ and sound engineer.

Visit the SAE institute website for more info on the Young Guru scholarship.