Youth & Hip Hop Project – 2012 Report

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We have released 2012 Youth & Hip Hop Project Report; the full report can be downloaded in PDF format here:

Youth & Hip Hop Project – 2012 Report

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Youth & Hip Hop project was drawn up by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD) and supported by the Danish Embassy in Kampala with the overall aim to improve and bridge the socio-cultural and economic gap between youths in Uganda. It does so by supporting youths in acquiring artistic (hip hop) as well as leadership and entrepreneurial skills that can enhance socio-cultural and economic transformation across diversities. More specifically, the project aims to:

  • continue to organize regular hip hop activities for youngsters in Kampala and Gulu (building upon existing initiatives)
  • start organizing hip hop activities in selected other regions (i.e. Mbarara, Mbale, Jinja, Arua, and from 2012 onwards, also Moroto)build leadership skills and self-esteem of the youths
  • showcase hip hop talent at regular events/festivals
  • connect youths within Uganda and with the wider world
  • make collaborations between performing artists from different regions
  • develop innovations amongst young people
  • generate employment opportunities for youngsters
  • enhance career chances of talented young hip hop artists

The following outputs were formulated to this end:

  1. Hip hop sessions for youth in various regions
  2. Mentorship and skills development training for youth
  3. Hip hop performances at various events/festivals
  4. Set-up of a production company/record label
  5. International co-operation between artists

During the second year of the project, almost all activities were implemented according to plan. A meeting of hip hop leaders took place. Hip hop trainings – offering training in a variety of hip hop elements as well as other relevant skills – took place in the usual five regions (Jinja, Arua, Gulu, Mbarara, Mbale) where Moroto – after an identification visit – was added on to the project and hosted its first hip hop training under the project. The workshops resulted in hip hop performances at the stages of the Bayimba Regional Festivals in Jinja, Gulu and Mbale. Where no Bayimba Regional Festival took place (Arua, Mbarara, Moroto) or where the training did not coincide with a Bayimba Regional Festival (Gulu), Hip Hop evenings were organised at the last day of the workshop. During the three-day Bayimba International Festival, selected breakdancers from the regions performed their routines while rappers performed several own-produced songs after having attended a live hip hop music workshop under tutorship of project partner Ghetto Gourmet. The planned (re-) recording of hip hop artists in the regions (needed because of the theft of earlier recordings) could not be completed due to a heavy schedule and the need to first build capacities. The (re-)recording of music is now scheduled for the third year (when training efforts are going to be condensed), thus leaving space and time for adequate attention for the planned (re-)recording.

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