Saffron announce zine and music tech kits to increase visibility of Black creatives
Saffron have announced their first ever Zine, as well as a new ‘Music Tech Kits’ project, which both aim to provide Black female, trans, non-binary and gender non-confirming creators with the tools to start their career.
Both projects have been launched as a way to increase visibility in the tech world for Black producers, musicians and creators and help them to take their skills and career to the next level.
The kits include studio headphones, a synth or sampler, Ableton Live 11 software and a Push 2 MIDI controller, as well as educational resources and 1-2-1 tutorials.
The first edition of the ‘zine, which was written by, and about, Black women, non-binary and trans folk in the tech industry, including Xana, TAAHLIAH, Leslie Gaston-Bird, Josette Joseph, Geaola Adeyemi aka Princess Trium, and Zakia Sewell. As well as being able to purchase the ‘zines from Saffron’s Bandcamp, there’s 3,500 free copies available for schools and colleges, to help inspire the next generation of creatives in the music tech world.
On being part of the zine, DJ and sound artist XANA shared: “To be featured in this ‘zine, encourages my hope that we can see that there are those of us living and building the future, rather than just speculating. The ancestral cycles are being healed and the tormented question of “Can I do this too?” will be shifted to ask “When will I start?””
Apply for the Music Tech Kits by filling in this form before 8th April. Zines can be purchased on Bandcamp, or if you’re a school, college or community organisation you can request free copies by email.