Nando’s’ rise to becoming one of the most-loved restaurant brands around the world wouldn’t have been possible without music. Founded in South Africa by Portuguese-born audio engineer Fernando Duarte, Nando’s has become renowned across the globe for both its international flavours and musical DNA. It’s been the go-to chicken spot for musicians since its first chain landed in London back in 1992, with everyone from Beyoncé to Drake being well-known PERi-PERi lovers over the years. The eatery continues to expand its musical legacy by giving back to the scene that has helped it become such a success story in recent times.

In the last four years, Nando’s have been unearthing the next wave of music talent through the Nando’s Music Exchange, a global exchange programme aiming to bring together emerging and established musicians for mentoring, workshops, collaborations and events—and has also seen some of your favourite UK artists head to South Africa to explore the country’s bubbling music scene.

Kicking off in 2015, the first episode saw grime emcee Stormzy explore gqom music and Zulu culture with producer Muzi in Durban; Little Simz link up with fellow rapper Gigi Lamayne in 2016; and DJ Barely Legal head to Cape Flats to discover Dope Saint Jude’s fiercely independent musical ascendancy in the rainbow nation in 2017. This year, the project once again heads back to the Roundhouse, Camden, where aspiring musicians from the UK, Canada, South Africa, and Australia will combine to create some fire music with the help of talented international musical mentors who know what it takes to make it happen.

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and presenter Sian Anderson is involved and Nando’s could not have chosen more wisely. The grime critic’s experience as a tireless tastemaker, effervescent educator and all-round media boss makes her the perfect role model for the next batch of artists looking to make in-roads into the world of music. Pioneering wave after wave of the best grime and black British music, Sian has built up a vast array of knowledge from the scene over the years—and she knows the importance of spreading the wealth to the next generation of talent. Complex caught up with Sian to talk about her role in the Nando’s Music Exchange, its DIY ethos, and the importance of mentorship as the programme heads into its fourth year.