Conceived by Sherman Associate Artist Suzanne Packer to amplify Black voices, Open Platform has begun and will run throughout October.
The first artist to be featured on Open Platform is Welsh musician Eädyth, with her original song Grow.
Eädyth said: “This piece was inspired by my personal growth throughout the last few years, the change that I have seen in life and was also inspired by the nature that I am surrounded by in the Merthyr valleys and the world that we live in.”
Eädyth, from Merthyr Tydfil, is fast becoming a household name to listeners of BBC Wales and BBC Radio Cymru due to her unique electro soul sound and bilingual lyricism.
In 2020, she received airtime from KISS FM and BBC Radio 1, and worked with Sherman Theatre in partnership with National Theatre Wales as a Sound Designer for Wolfie in the Network Play Readings series.
Over the past two years, Eädyth has been part of both the BBC Horizons and Forté Project talent development schemes, proving further how invested the Welsh music industry is in her journey to become one of our freshest current artists.
Currently, Eädyth is one of the Composers and Sound Designers for Sherman Theatre’s Heart of Cardiff audio theatre series, putting her name to five of the ten plays in the series. The first audio drama in Heart of Cardiff which Eädyth has worked on is Mr Carlos De Pass by Kyle Lima, and includes her beautiful rendition of I Can See Clearly Now by the late Johnny Nash.
Listen to Mr Carlos De Pass here.
Open Platform: Black History Month will see the Sherman celebrate the work of Black artists on its digital channels throughout October. If you are an artist who has an existing piece of work that you would like to be shared on the platform please send an expression of interest, your content (either a video / piece of audio no longer than five minutes in duration, an illustration or painting or a piece of text) and a short biog (if you would like it included) to firstname.lastname@example.org