Ghana venture for Ipswich grime star from Brotherhood to help underprivileged children
PUBLISHED: 12:03 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:24 31 October 2016
One half of Ipswich grime duo Brotherhood is set to take a break from the music scene to help improve the lives of underprivileged children in a poverty-stricken area of Ghana.
Bryon Ingham, 22, known as Menace in the Brotherhood group, will head to the Kwahu region of south-central Ghana, close to the town of Mpraeso, on November 14 to help teach young local children maths and English, as well as some sports and football skills.
He will also take donations of clothing and sporting equipment which have been donated by the Ipswich community in the run up to his trip.
“I was originally meant to go for a month but had to shorten the trip due to personal reasons,” Byron said this week. “At least this way more money can be spent on the kids and less on funds I need to stay there.
“Hopefully I can just improve their quality of life just a little bit and put a smile on their faces.”
The rising young music star, who makes up the Brotherhood duo with his older sibling Jerome, 29, took charitable inspiration from his girlfriend, who undertook a similar venture in recent years.
“I’ve always wanted to do something like this but just on a bigger scale,” he said. “Unfortunately that’s not possible yet, so I’m just doing my part now, hoping it’ll inspire me to work harder so I can do more in future.
“I’m going to be completely leaving my comfort zone so naturally I’m going to be anxious...Even though it’s seven days, I’m sure it’ll seem like it’s a long time.
“Although I’m happy to do this, it’s going to be tough. I’m also preparing myself for some of the sadness the trip will bring seeing what I see.
“But I feel like I just need to see some things with my own eyes now, broaden my horizons.”
Byron, from Nacton, raised more than £2,000 in the run up to his trip, including with a fundraising event at Pump and Grind in Ipswich, to help fund his travel and accommodation expenses and to purchase school and sports equipment for the children.
He said: “Thank you to Pump and Grind for the party and to everybody that donated and attended.
“We managed to raise £2,000...I can’t believe it. I’m so grateful and happy that people care.”
Byron is also hoping that his experience will help to inspire future material for Brotherhood, with the pair currently working on material for their latest project FLVD.
To make a donation to Byron’s cause, visit www.gofundme.com/menaceinghana
Brotherhood is made up of siblings Jerome and Byron Ingham, aged 29 and 22 and known as Blaze and Menace respectively.
The pair found fame through the internet, with their music videos getting tens of thousands of views on YouTube channel SBTV.
In 2013, Brotherhood performed at London’s Wireless festival on the SBTV stage.
In April 2014, their album Love Life Hate The World ranked in the top five in the iTunes hip hop album chart.
After a six months hiatus earlier this year, Brotherhood are now working on their latest album, FLVD, and are publishing weekly videos in the run-up to its release next year.
Byron is hoping his experiences in Ghana will inspire future music for the pair.