When 10-year-old Nandi Bushell from the U.K. posted her epic performance of Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerrilla Radio” in support of "Black Lives Matter," among the fans she gathered was the band’s guitarist Tom Morello himself, who gave his unwavering support in a tweet.
That support has now shown up in Nandi’s bedroom/studio where she perfectly played all of the song’s parts on her own (with some seriously sweet wah-wah action, it should be noted). Morello shipped Nandi one of his brand new signature Fender Soul Power Strats, along with a video message.
Nandi’s parents surprised her with the news, capturing her reaction and sharing the sweet moment on YouTube.
“I’d like you to have this guitar as a gift from me to you because you rock so great, and to see someone rocking so great who is so young, it really gives me hope for the future,” Morello said.
“I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 17 years old, so you are way, super-far ahead of me, and I look forward to hearing a lot more of your music in the future. You’ve got a lot of soul, and here’s a little Soul Power to go with it. Keep it up!”
“Wow, from the actual Tom Morello!” she says with a huge smile in the clip. “Thank you so, so, so, so much for this beautiful guitar. I can’t wait to jam with you!”
The young virtuoso thanked Morello with a note on YouTube, saying:
"Dear Tom Morello, thank you so so so much! I can’t believe this is real and you actually sent me a message and your signature guitar, it is so beautiful! AMAZING! I hope we get to jam one day! Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!! Thank you so much for supporting me on my musical journey. With love and respect Nandi."
When Tom Morello isn’t making kids' dreams come true, these days he can be found schooling social media commenters on his political acumen, and spreading the message of “Black Lives Matter” any way he can.