Aaron hopes to rap his way to music awards

Reeltime Music, Newarthill Community Centre, High Street - Rapper Aaron Mkd up for numerous awards
Reeltime Music, Newarthill Community Centre, High Street - Rapper Aaron Mkd up for numerous awards

A MOTHERWELL rapper is hoping for a double celebration at the Scottish New Music Awards this weekend.

Aaron Mukendi, aka Aaron Mkd, is in the running for the Artist of the Year title at the event, which will be held at the Classic Grand in Glasgow on Sunday.

His track Faraway is also up for Urban Recording of the Year.

{http://www2.jpscotland.co.uk/Media/faraway.mp3,Click to listen to Aaron Mkd’s Faraway}

It comes after Aaron (20) - who moved to Motherwell from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007 - scooped the Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year gong at the Gospel Rock Awards in London earlier this summer.

He said: “Since moving to Scotland, I have learnt a lot about how to be around people and learnt to be confident about what you do.

“I found it difficult to start with but after I started meeting good people it got easier. Since then, I attended Motherwell College where I studied mechanics and got my qualifications.

“Being nominated for these awards makes me realise I have got talent and there are people who like what I’m doing.

“Before the Gospel Rock Awards, I was so nervous but at the same time I had a good feeling about it.

“When I first found out about my nominations for the Scottish New Music Awards, I was really surprised. I didn’t even know people were voting for me and when I saw it on the website I thought, ‘Wow!’. It was so unbelievable.”

Aaron has been working on material at the Reeltime Music studios in Newarthill, and has credited his success to the support he received from the local base.

He continued: “Reeltime Music helped keep me out of trouble and showed me how to behave with others. They also taught me to believe and have confidence in myself as a young musician. They helped teach me how to play and produce music.

“My ambition as a musician is to one day create an anthem for the world to sing. Everyday is a new adventure for me and I want to keep on learning and pushing myself further and keep putting hard work in.

“I love to learn from other people and improve as it encourages me to do better. One day I would love to able to reach the point where I am helping and inspiring other young people with music, and tell them how I started my music and help them build their confidence and succeed in life.”

Since winning the Gospel Rock Award, Aaron has been given a record deal and is currently working on a new single as well as putting together a UK tour. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/AaronMKD.

And staff at Reeltime Music are full of praise for his achievements.

The studio’s Ian Anderson said: “When Aaron first came to Reeltime as a 15-year-old, he was really shy, had little confidence and struggled to speak to people, but we saw something in him that we thought we could help him with.

“Through the group Jambo!, Aaron and the other young people involved got the chance to perform live for events such as Black History Month, Soundminds and Christian Aid Week. These events gave Aaron a platform to perform in live venues for the first time.

“We are proud of everything that Aaron has done and we are proud that he was and still is a part of Reeltime Music. We have watched Aaron gain confidence as a performer and how he communicates with others.

“The success he has achieved in five years has been fantastic, and we wish him all the best in the future.”