By Byaruhanga Felix (@TheNinjaFelix)
As January came to a close on Sunday 31st, Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) held its 9th annual hip-hop for society annual event that uses popular interest in Hip-hop to create positive social change at sharing hall Nsambya. The theme of this year’s event is cooperation which was manifested through the different organizations that BPU partnered with to bring the event to life and in the process there was diversity which I personally think widen the reach of this year’s theme.
Hip-Hop as a genre is known to be “cool” to its consumers especially the youths but at this event it’s re-packaged as a tool to bring about positive change and cultural exchange in different several ways like education, grassroots activism and empowerment through the partnering organizations with the art of hip-hop being at the center of all the activities. “The most important part of this event is not hip-hop,” explained Abramz Tekya, Founder and Director of Breakdance Project Uganda. “We want to make sure people get access to information. We partner with organizations that youth do not think are cool, because they are important for development.”
As the organizers presented the theme of this year to the people in attendance they combined it with different activities such as breakdance battles, beat boxing performances by incredible BPU-trained youth, rap performances by St. Nellysade, Snooty Fredo, Sylvester and Abramz, Zulu Nation and dance performances by Save Street Children Uganda, EWAKA and free workshops and teaching by Bgirl Teresa from Sweden, Capoeira Senzala (capoeira), The U.S. Embassy Information Resource Centre. This struck a balance between the education and entertainment in the process through which information was being availed to the masses.
Search for #HH4S2016 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see live coverage of the event.