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Uganda’s Hip-hop For Society 2017 highlights education

Youth show their skills at the 10th Hiphop for Society event at Nsambya. ALL PHOTOS LUBEGA PHOTOGRAPHY

The 10th annual Hip-hop For Society event at Sharing Hall Nsambya showed again that entertainment is an integral part of all round education for youth

Organized by Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) Sharing hall was filled to capacity for the 10th annual Hiphop For Society, which presented a mix of entertainment and education. Guest panelists include teachers, sports coaches and breakdancers.

“The most important part of this event is not hiphop,” explained AbramzTekya, 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.”

This year’s theme was ‘What is education?’ and it attracted a mixed crowd of different ages, races, economic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

The day’s events featuring dance, rap and beat-boxing performances, breakdance battles, art workshops, educational discussions on the theme and talks by partnering NGOs.

There were exhibitions by Street Lights Uganda, U.S. Embassy Information Resource Centre, Product of Prison(POP), Sylvester Kabombo, Love and Empower Africa Child.

The guest panelists were Ramadhan (teacher at Nakasero primary school), Drichiru Key (BPU member) and Geraud Rouchel (rugby coach and teacher at French School Kampala) who all shared and gave a deeper understanding of what an all round education is, giving examples in both formal and non-formal settings.

Bboy Beni Benzi (a dentist and breakdancer who is been dancing for 21-years) from Bosnia/Australia and part of FreshSox crew was a guest judge.

There were rap performances by St. Nellysade, Snooty Fredo, Lady Slyke & Dj Nesta Abramz, Uganda Zulu Nation, while dance performances came from BPU young girls, Pop Lock Funk and many ciphers (freestyle dance) by BPU members and dancers from Mbale, Jinja, Luwero, Masaka, Gulu, Wakiso.

Beatboxing, performances were by incredible BPU-trained kids and Mwaka Simon Peter (Member of BPU branch in Gulu).

WINNERS of breakdance battles

  • Kids: Bboy Enzo from New Hope dance Project in Acholi quarters, Kireka – Banda.
  • Bonnie & Clyde: Nambalirwa Joan and Bbosa Reneus
  • 5-on-5: BPU bboys Bbosa Reneus, Ahimbisibwe’Bboy Chief’ Davis, Kutosi’Bboy Paulkid’ Paul, Opio’Bboy Pencil’Steven and


 

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