DER Weekends: UMA works to build Detroit’s next generation of techno legends

“Detroit Evening Report Weekends” spends time with the community members who make up Detroit’s rich culture and identity.



On the latest episode of DER Weekends, former WDET reporter Juma Sei visited the opening of a music school that celebrates the history of electronic music and works to build its future.

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The Underground Music Academy is working to train the next generation of electronic music producers. The school is a passion project of local music legend Waajeed, a former DJ for Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village.

When it opened its doors, Sei went to the school to learn more. He found a community committed to celebrating the history of electronic music, spotlighting Detroit’s role as the place where techno was founded, and investing in local youth as the torchbearers of the city’s musical legacy and of its future.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.