The Music Producer 2.0: Zambia Tour guide Turned Musician
Miami, FL - December 2th, 2009
Laston Kakonya, a local tribesman and staff of the famed Sausage Tree Camp in Zambia, has supported many tourist on their discovery of African wildlife. However, he did not know his life was about to change when he met the CEO of The Music Producer, Whitney Belker-Vauvelle. One evening Belker-Vauvelle went on a safari quest to see the hard to find spotted leopard. Away from all civilization, Belker-Vauvelle took off on a four hour trek to explore the Zambezi River region. While getting to know her tour group, she discussed her life and inspiration for creating The Music Producer 2.0, a music making software program designed to inspire and enable young people to be self-expressed, entrepreneurial and activist through music creation -- and Laston first heard of the software
To Laston and many of the natives, working for Sausage Tree Camp Tour is viewed as one of the most prestigious jobs in Zambia. For a country that is experiencing a 40% unemployment rate, having a good paying job is a huge advantage in such an economically deprived region. After the introduction of The Music Producer 2.0 software, Laston, along with two of his colleagues tried out the beta version of the music production software. Belker-Vauvelle showed the guides how to use the laptop and touch pad mouse, something they had not used before. In just two hours, Laston and his pals created two songs using the music software. Enamored by his ability to easily create music, Laston learned the software inside and out. The opportunity to express himself musically proved to be a rewarding experience. Belker-Vauvelle received an email from the Director of The Sausage Tree Camp informing her that Laston left one of the highest sought after jobs in Zambia to pursue pursue a life-long dream of making music. What once seemed so far out of reach is now a real possibility.
Belker-Vauvelle is proud of the music production software and its ability to “make music easy and accessible to all” and is now seeking to have a larger affect on Zambia. She is looking for partners to assist with lap top, book and school supplies donations to particular villages. This visit and the seed of possibility planted in Africa inspired her goal of making The Music Producer 2.0. a worldwide brand reaching aspiring musicians around the globe with a dream.