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22.1.16

nitroBEAT welcomes two new Board Members

Sharnita K Athwal – CEO of Shaanti and Yemisi Mokuolu – Arts Producer and Consultant, join the nitroBEAT board with David Emerson CBE, Chair – CE of the Association of Charitable Foundations, Natalie Wade, Vice Chair – Director of Small Green Shoots and Tony Graves – who leads in Arts & Festival Management at DeMontfort University.

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Sharnita K Athwal is the CEO of Shaanti, a company that delivers events and music development for British Asian artists. She is also the Artistic Director of the Eastern Electronic Festival, a month-long new music festival in Birmingham now in it’s fourth year.

Sharnita was the first female judge at the UK Asian Music Awards. She is the founder of Shaanti TV, Music Supervisor for the Multi-Award winning independent film ‘Karma Cartel’ and a DJ on digital radio stations in Germany, UK and India. She was included in the inaugural Cultural Leadership Programme ‘Women to Watch’ list, which profiled 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK in 2010, and as one of Birmingham’s New Beat-Generation ‘Inspirational Leaders’ in 2013. Her charity work includes chairing ‘British Asian Women in Music’, a platform for equal rights, change and empowerment.

Yemisi Mokuolu is an independent producer and arts consultant, trading under the name of Hatch Events who works within the Creative and Cultural industries producing independent films, arts seasons and large-scale events. She also provides audience development, arts promotion and business development support for a wide range of leading national organisations. She has delivered a number of development programmes, the most recent being the ‘UK-Nigeria Creative Partnership’, commissioned by British Council to foster collaborations between the Film, Fashion and Music industries in Britain and Nigeria.

Yemisi is best known for the platform ‘Out of Africa’ which promotes and profiles African arts in the UK via live events, newsletters, blogs and social media. Out of Africa events have been held in venues that include, Carnaby Street, Riverside Southbank Centre and Indig02, attracting festival audiences of up to 30,000. Yemisi is currently co-producing ‘Oliva Tweest’, the world's first Afrobeats Musical and ‘Asa Baako - One Dance festival’ in Ghana, which is now in its 6th year.

Diane Morgan, Director of nitroBEAT says of the appointments:

“With a refreshed vision to experiment and push the boundaries of music, theatre and live events, Sharnita was approached to join our board because of her relentless commitment to innovation, talent development and the execution of the highest quality creative projects that defy categorisation and reach wide audiences. Yemisi is an asset to nitroBEAT through her powerful advocacy, arts leadership and organisational development across the creative and cultural industries in the UK and across Africa. Yemisi and Sharnita provide a unique depth and breadth of expertise that will help to lead the company boldly into its next exciting phase.”