Global Ear: A HipHop Virtual Museum and what we should learn from it

We are motivated to talk about Ugandan Hip Hop, poetry and spoken word to the world over and at the same we aim at finding information that is relevant to a Ugandan society and for this case / post, Hip Hop. The fact that the initiative by Universal Hip Hop Museum is most likely to affect world-wide audiences and matter of fact reach them through this supposed App- A digital Museum.


 

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A Virtual Museum That Brings The Global History of Hip Hop To All Mobile Devices Worldwide. 

The Universal Hip Hop museum is the official museum of Hip Hop Culture. The first fully interactive museum designed for mobile devices. Backed by Hip Hop Pioneers such as Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa, Krayzie Bone, Ice T, Melle Mel, Grandwizzard Theodore, Paradise Gray, Q Tip, Doug E. Fresh, MC Sha Rock and other iconic legends representing Hip Hop’s 5 core elements.

We are seeking funding to complete the design and engineering of the world’s first mobile device powered virtual museum, for preserving, documenting, and advancing Hip-Hop culture Worldwide! Your support will aid in the creation of the most innovative virtual museum for cultural arts, education, and entertainment with a social focus!

Source: Kickstar.com


 

Some of the rappers from the US are undoubtedly inspirations and influences to some of our rappers that is so obvious however you should first ignore that at focus at the embrace of technology to preserve culture Hip Hop culture to be exact. What I think we (in Uganda here ) is that we can also embrace our culture through using these advanced technologies in an era of information. And more still embrace modern technology to preserve and document our culture.

Many I hate hip hop characters honestly could benefit from this and escape many of our hardcore hip hop man-ship rage towards them for their ignorance. In other words out of the five elements Knowledge is still the least explored even among the  participants of the culture (Artists)  themselves and their fans. This modern approach should be embraced and fully supported  and may be we can also develop our national hip hop museum that if at any point UHHM would love to include information about Ugandan hip hop.

Honestly it doesn’t HURT knowing about hip hop beyond your border!


 

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Stream Search Party by George The Poet

You cant help but get captivated by the wonderful poetry that George The Poet always presents in his projects. Search Party the spoken word piece is also the title of his book that has a collection of poems. He is best known for socially being motivated and his relation with the things that he views and gets in contact with. He launched the Poetry collection Search Party about three months ago.george t po

PHOTO CREDIT: cheltenhamfestivals.com

Real name George Mpanga, he is a British citizen of Ugandan decency who was nominated for best African International Act at BET (Black Entertainment Awards) together with Eddy Kenzo.

I gave you the manifesto of my Search Party
Please read the pages
My policies focus on social enterprise
Better education and decent wages
And as long as you wanna be courageous
Promise you we’re gonna see some changes
I said I promise you we’re gonna see some changes

The lines above are part of the Poem which justifies his motivations watch it below:

Meet Abramz Tekya: The Artist Using HipHop Art Forms to Make a Difference in Community

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Abramz to most is known to have been part of the conscious hiphop duo Sylvester n Abramz.In fact i grew knowing this duo as they made so many songs that painted the issues in society which we greatly appreciated (of course hiphop heads). I met Abramz a few weeks ago at Ruyonga’s Fire Army concert and had a short chat about the concert : though didnt get to ask him a number of things but hoping to.

READ BELOW ABOUT ABRAMZ:

Tekya “Abramz” Abraham is a Ugandan hiphop artist (rapper & bboy/breakdancer), educator,
motivational speaker and creative facilitator who uses his skills to entertain, educate, empower and inspire change.
He is a member of Ugandan veteran hiphop duo (Sylvester & Abramz) and a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew (RSC). Director/ founder of Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU), a non profit organisation that uses breaking/ breakdance, beatboxing, rap, visual arts plus other art-forms and alternative ways of learning to promote positive social change and social responsibility.

He believes in empowering and practically challenging under previledged people in both third and first world countries to be part of the solution to their own problems. He envisions a world where both third and first world countries learn from each other. His vision and work are some of indicators that Africa has so much to contribute towards its own growth and has lessons/ideas/solutions that even developed countries can benefit from. Abramz is one the known and respected Ugandan hiphop veterans who have played a major role in shaping, spreading and sharing this culture right from the grassroots level.

He got into the hiphop as a kid. He started dancing in 1991 and emceeing (rapping) in 1992 and is still going strong. Abramz is an artist who dedicated his creativity, skills, gifts, time and talent to empowerment, entertainment, education, development of communities and individuals as well speaking for the voiceless.
He does this through rap music performances/ recordings/workshops, dance performances/ workshops, motivational speaking, interactive/ participatory discussions, creative games, organizing/Hosting community events, organizing exchange programs and occasionally uses visual arts & drama/theatre. Over the years, Abramz has performed, taught,
facilitated workshops and spoken at seminars in so many communities across Uganda.

He has also got opportunities to carry out similar work in different parts of the world such as Zanzibar,
Burkina Faso, Denmark, Senegal, Poland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, USA, Germany, Mozambique and Swaziland. He carries out this work both locally and internationally in schools (Kindergartens, primary, secondary, colleges & universities), community centres/spaces, NGOs, Prisons (both juvenile and adult), Drug rehabiliation centres, orphanages, Children’s homes, seminars, festivals/arts events, associations, clubs, companies, ghettos/slums, on the streets , among other places.
His art, work and innovations have also traveled to so many places on earth where he has never
physically been.

His art is inspired by his life lessons which have shaped him into the kind of person he is.
Everyone is a student and teacher so Abramz still learns from all the people he meets regardless of age, size, gender, race, nationality, tribe, religion, educational background etc. Some of the organizations that Abramz has worked with include: Oxfam, USAID, UNICEF, UNHCR, Makerere
University (Uganda), National Geographic Museum (Washington, D.C.), Red Bull (North America), DFID/UKaid, Uganda Prison Service, Action AID, Alliance Française, Ambrosoli International School (Uganda), The American International School (Maputo), Brave Festival (Poland), Breakfast Jam (Uganda), Breakpoint (Denmark), Dance Week Uganda, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/CKU, Educate! (Uganda), Festival of The Black Arts (Senegal), Four Elements International Hiphop Convention (Austria), Get Down (Denmark), Global Youth Partnership for Africa, Ghetto Radio (South
Africa), GZK/Uganda German Cultural Society, Hands For Hope (Uganda), Health Education
And Literacy Sports (HEALS – Uganda), Hope North (Uganda), In Movement Art for Social
Change (Uganda), InterAID (Uganda), Kampala International School (Uganda), Kids of Africa Orphanage (Uganda), Kinship Orphanage (Uganda), Maputo International School
(Mozambique), MTN Bush Fire Festival (Swaziland), The Naguru Remand Home (Uganda), New York University (U.S.A.), Nomadic Wax (U.S.A.), The Norweigan College of Dance (Norway), Product Of Prison (Uganda), Partnership for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global), Rice University of Houston Texas
(U.S.A.), Rock Steady Crew (U.S.A.), Sanpatrignano rehabilitation centre (Italy), Street Gam3 (Denmark), Global Shine, Take A Break (Kenya), TASO – The AIDS Support Organization (Uganda), Thought Works, Uganda Christian University (Mukono), Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG), Uganda Pioneers Association, Virginia Tech University (U.S.A.), Viva Con Agua (Germany), Waga Hip Hop Festival (Burkina Faso), Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Abramz linkedin profile: http://
ug.linkedin.com/in/abramztekya

Source: Abramz.com

Nas presents the Real Hip-Hop in Uganda, Yemen, Cambodia and Colombia|A Guardian Documentary

Nas aka Nasir Jones, African American Rappper

Ugandan Hip Hop once again got a highlight a month and a half ago when Nas aka Nasir Jones an American Rapper and Hip Hop head together with Guardian put out a six minute documentary, which highlights one of the hip hop elements- B-Dancing /Break Dancing.

Published on Jun 1, 2015
Rapper Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones takes us on a world tour of breakdancing in the most unexpected places.
We visit the slums, shanty towns and ghettos of the world, where hip-hop really means something. With jaw-dropping break dancing moves, b-boys and b-girls in Uganda, Yemen, Cambodia and Colombia give us an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.
It Should be Known That Ruyongas, African was sampled or adopted in the documentary among, others such as I can By Nas.