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La­maya’s chance to record songs

A tal­ented young singer­song­writer from East Kil­bride has been given a cre­ative boost.

La­maya Ogun­lesi, from Jack­ton, has been awarded fund­ing from the nur­tur­ing tal­ent fund to help de­velop her pas­sion for song writ­ing.

The 15-year-old is of Scot­tishNige­rian de­scent and will use her award to pro­fes­sion­ally record new and orig­i­nal songs in­flu­enced by both sides of her her­itage.

The nur­tur­ing tal­ent fund was set up by Cre­ative Scot­land and Young Scot to help sup­port young peo­ple who as­pire to work in cre­ative in­dus­tries.

The fund­ing is ad­min­is­tered by young peo­ple for young peo­ple by the Na­tional Youth Arts Ad­vi­sory Group for Scot­land (NYAAG), a group of 35 young Scots aged be­tween 14 and 23.

La­maya said: “I am so happy to be able to pro­fes­sion­ally record a demo of my orig­i­nal songs and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to spend­ing the sum­mer in the stu­dio.

“Fi­nally, I will be able to share my sound and my style with the world across so­cial me­dia.

“Know­ing that there are peo­ple who be­lieve in me makes this all pos­si­ble means a great deal.

She added: “I would like to say a big thank you!”

As part of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Time to Shine youth arts strat­egy, the fund seeks to change the way the arts is viewed – and help Scot­land be­come an in­ter­na­tional leader in young peo­ple’s cre­ativ­ity.

The fund al­lows young peo­ple in the 14-to-20 age bracket to fur­ther de­velop their pas­sions and cre­ative projects.

NYAAG an­nu­ally awards a to­tal of £40,000 to sup­port young Scots in the arts.

Star qual­ity Tal­ented La­maya Ogun­lesi has been awarded fund­ing

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