Beatboxer and producer Ed Holden, otherwise known as, Mr Phormula, recently ran beatboxing workshops with students at Coleg Sir Gâr.
The workshops demonstrated techniques used to replicate instruments using only voice and a microphone.
Ed Holden demonstrated his beatboxing skills, the use of technology, and freestyle rap but the main focus of the session was how the Welsh language and being a bilingual speaker has been key to his success and how it has opened doors to more opportunities.
As a role model for Big Ideas Wales, who coordinated the workshop, Ed Holden said: “Fortunately Welsh language beat boxers are a minority in Wales so I had no competition in this growing art form.”
Being a beatboxer has given Ed Holden a global career, with Berlin for the World Championship being his next destination. “None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for my ability to speak and rap in my native, Welsh language,” said Ed Holden. “I started beatboxing at the age of six when I saw a clip on MTV by beatboxer Rahzel, since then, I’ve met and performed alongside him in New York, which is the highlight of my career to date.”
Gwyndaf Lewis, from Coleg Sir Gar’s bilingualism team, added: “The workshop was great for students to take part in which raised awareness of the use of the Welsh language which is a key part of what we do at Coleg Sir Gâr.
“Ed’s session showed how the Welsh language has opened many doors for him in the international stage and become who he is today.”