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Youngster Ndawula shines at climax of 6th Uganda breakdance finals

Kids winner Ndawula does his thing at the YMCA. PHOTOS PIUS KIBAZZI
Kids winner Ndawula does his thing at the YMCA. PHOTOS BY KHASIM NDIWALANA AND PIUS KIBAZZI


Seven 2 Smoke – Alex Heskey
1 on 1 – Naganzwa Erick
Kids battle (below 15yrs) – Ndawula Ronald
Bgirl Battle – Nambalirwa Joan
Popping – Walter Ruva
3 on 3 – Hit the beat crew (Mukalazi Moses, Egesa Erick and Faisal Ddamba).

Another great crowd and enthusiastic performances from dancers from around the world crowned the 6th annual Break-Fast Jam breakdance finals at YMCA in Wandegeya.

Many new champions emerged, with one of the crowd favourites Ronald Ndawula winning the Kids battle to show the future is bright.

Polish stars Mateusz ‘Bboy Mefo’ Godlewski of Polskee Flavor and Kasia ‘Bgirl Venka’ Godlewska of Raw Bgirls crew are were among the guest stars for finals at YMCA in Wandegeya November 20.

The Break-Fast Jam Finals were the 2016’s crowning event following elimination rounds in eastern and central Uganda and Kenya. Exceptional dancers from DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania attended.

Break-Fast Jam is organized by FreshLane, an initiative working to empower young people socially and economically through cultivating and elevating art, culture, education and facilitating creative development. It’s comprised of some members of  Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU).

Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) is a grass-roots, youth-centred organisation founded in 2006. BPU uses dance, visual art, beatboxing plus other elements of hip-hop and alternative ways of learning as tools to engage and unite young people and provide them with skills and support to become socially responsible leaders in their communities.

Kids winner Ndaula does his thing at the YMCA. PHOTOS BY BPU
Johnnie Muhanuka (above) , a 13yrs old, reached the quarters in the KIDS category.

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The BPU project is open to everyone and offers free classes every week across Uganda in Kampala, Kansanga, Gulu, Kitgum and Masaka. Other activities include community outreach, youth development workshops, peer mentorship, events and performances and a school sponsorship programme. BPU aims to bridge the gap between people of different backgrounds, build young people’s leadership skills and self-esteem, increase access to formal and informal education, connect local and international artists, and generate employment opportunities.

“The event’s overall aim is cultivating a positively enriching breakdance culture in Africa. This initiative empowers participants socially and economically by elevating them with practical skills, knowledge, inspiration and experiences on a neutral platform,” organisers said.

The event sponsors were US embassy Kampala, Breakdance Project Uganda(BPU), NTV, Newz Beat, Kyendi Kyendi clothing, Infinite Records, Talent Africa, Gagawala Graphics, French Embassy Kampala, Fesh Lane, Suw Wear Japan, TopNation Japan, Cypher Code Japan, Mou Qreashionz.


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