Nando’s Music Exchange – Taking Canadian Music overseas

We were already addicted to their delicious food, so when we heard that Nando’s Canada is also a supporter of independent music and up and coming artists, our love for them grew past their ability to make magic with chicken.

Nandos Music Exchange is a workshop based program that sparks the exchange of global influences through mentoring, workshops and exposure for emerging talent.  The program was launched in the UK,  where the company would support talent from their homeland and help showcase them on the international stage. Now, the Nando’s Music Exchange workshops bring together talent from across the globe for cultural collaborations and musical mentorship.  And for the first time ever, this year’s Music Exchange will feature Canadian talent will be among the workshop attendees.

Nando’s has partnered with the non-profit The Remix Project to reward two young musicians with the experience to represent Canada in the program’s 4 day workshop, taking place in the UK.  From Monday, June 4th to Thursday, June 7th, 2018, two lucky Canadian artists will join their global counterparts in London’s iconic live venue, Roundhouse.  There, they will be mentored by established artists from different parts of the world, who will be imparting their experience and knowledge in the industry.  Representing Nando’s Canada is a recording artist, producer and member of 3OH!3, Nathaniel Motte.  Nathaniel will join Dench pioneer Lethal Bizzle, rapper and poet Sho Madjozi from South Africa and female rapper Tkay Maidza, and together they will advise and guide young new artists from around the world on their musical journey. Nando’s Canada is excited to announce that Florian and Meika have been selected for the Music Exchange Program this year.

Meika is British, Jamaican, Indian and Portuguese, and draws upon her diverse background to inspire her music.  Take a listen to her submission to Nando’s here, and you’ll see what I mean. Her mother was born in London and raised in Manchester.  Meika holds a fascination for her mother’s mixed upbringing, making this experience in the UK all the more personal and exciting for her.   Florian, an aspiring music producer, was born in Toronto, Canada.  His parents came to Canada from the Philipines, and along with their extended family have worked hard to ensure that he grew up learning about Filipino culture and values. Check out his musical submission here.

I got the chance to chat with Ron Cecillon, President and CEO of Nando’s Canada about why this program is so important to Nando’s.

What inspired this particular program?

Music is extremely important to us at Nando’s and a big part of the energy found in our Casas.  The Nando’s Music Exchange workshops bring together up and coming  talent from across the globe for cultural collaborations and musical mentorship. We are so delighted that the Nando’s Music Exchange has been extended into Canada this year for the first time.


Why is music, and helping budding artists, important to Nando’s?

Nando’s has always been passionate about matching our firey PERi-PERi to fiery beats. Music is a key part of our brand however the artist behind the music is even more important. In the early days, many people provided opportunities for us, so this is a great way for us to give back.  We are excited To enable  a couple young Canadian artists to hone their skills by participating at this year’s Nando’s  Music exchange . Nando’s opened up a recording studio for musicians, located in Soho neighbourhood in London. .


You’ve partnered with the Remix Project, why this particular organization?

The Remix Project’s values align with what we are trying to achieve- which is changing people’s lives. . The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and underserved communities.


What are you hoping the participating artists will get from this experience?

Simply put , we want to help change their lives by providing this opportunity to these artists.  Our Nando’s Music Exchange workshops bring together talent from across the globe for cultural collaborations and musical mentorship. This collaboration helps encourage and guide young artists to a future in music and following their passion

Learn more about Nando’s Music Exchange on their website here, and keep up with the fun on their social below!


@NandosPERiPERi (Twitter) @NandosCanada (Facebook) and @NandosCanada (Instagram)

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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