The day began with tyDi meeting the children over lunch. He was then treated to a series of performances from the Rock-ed band, vocals and dancers before taking on the keyboard, where he proceeded to show the group how he writes and produces music. Tyson then demonstrated his musical versatility by doing an impromptu performance using the drum set. He finished off by jamming with the band, Abstract, whose members started with Rock-ed four years ago and now, write their own music.
“It was truly an eye-opening experience. To think that a few years ago these kids were living on the streets and now some of them are in a band and actually playing in shows,” commented TyDi, who constantly tours the world playing more than 150 shows a year, was clearly moved by the passion, dedication and determination he saw in Rock-ed.
It has been a year of highs for Rock-ed with a visit from Grammy Award-winning artist Joss Stone in March, bagging the first place in the Deutsche Bank Asia Foundation Regional Volunteer Awards in September, and capping the year in a session with one of electronic music’s biggest stars.
“This year has been fantastic!” said Wally Maboloc, one of the founders of Rock-ed. “We are really looking forward to continue giving underprivileged children an opportunity to learn music and dance in 2014”.