SIERRA LEONEAN MUSICIAN MASH P
Ex street youth, photographer and musician wins Global Talent visa and scholarship to study music in the UK. “Music saved my life. Without music I had nothing but bad memories.”
Nathaniel Sesay aka Mash P lived on the streets of Freetown for 12 years where he struggled to survive, started writing music and became known as Mash P. He found charity WAYout seven years ago and started recording. His amazing journey continued and he was the offered of a full scholarship to study music at WaterBear College. He is currently studying Music Production at ICMP in London.
He played Glastonbury 2022 on the Joe Strummer Stage, the Into the Great Wide Open in Netherlands and will tour with Frank Turner in October in six UK venues.
Mash P plays a mixture of Afrobeat and dance hall. Track’s themes range from dance to love to the pain of his past and revolution. He has written and recorded over 40 tracks and made videos for many of them. The video for Bread ’n’ Butter has recently won Best African Music Video at the Prague film festival. He recorded an album and a track called After the Jungle, which featured international star Frank Turner. He was invited to the with1voice conference in the UK which brought together organisations working with the homeless and the arts where he performed and In 2018 he performed in Rotterdam. His photography has been exhibited in London, Manchester and Portland, USA and recently exhibited in Bridport. He was offered a full scholarship to study music and got his global talent visa enabling him to take up the place.
Mash inspires other street youth to believe in themselves and develop their talents. In the future he wants to open his own studio in Sierra Leone offering free recording to street and disadvantaged youth.