Uganda emerged victorious at the Break-Fast Jam grand finale over the weekend at YMCA in Wandegeya, beating Kenya and Rwanda in a highly contested battle.
The Seven 2 Smoke category, which was highly anticipated, saw several dance crews from Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo putting their best moves forward to determine which nation would lift the title this year. Uganda’s former Break-Fast Jam champion (2011 and 2013) Kiryowa Fahadhi won this category, while Kawooya Shakur from the Spot Light Crew was named Popping Champion of the Year 2017 in a battle against Mbale born-dancer Shafik.
The 1 on 1 finals saw 2016 Break-Fast Jam champion Eric Sama compete with Bboy Muse, which the latter eventually took home, while Bgirl Jojo AKA Nambalirwa Joana took home the title of Bgirl of the Year 2017. Spotlight Crew took home the dance crew title, and Ndawula Ronald emerged as the dancing king in the kids’ battle.
In an emotional event highlight, the Break-Fast Jam initiative organizers Oscar Kibuuka, Jora MC and Mark Kaweesi paid tribute to Abramz Tekya who is considered the “Godfather of Breakdancing” in Uganda for his role in promoting breakdancing talent in the country.
Abramz Tekya, who founded the Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) in 2006, noted that breakdance has come a very long way in Uganda, something which he thought would not come to be amidst various hurdles. He called for dancers to show respect for one another regardless of their differences and to continue learning and growing.
“I am so grateful for having lived to see this. When I started rapping way back in 1992, I did not think I would make it this far and so I am honored for all these people who have been with me through this incredible journey,” Tekya added.
The two-day finale, which started on Saturday was graced with performances by a variety of artists such as St. Nellysade, Kabaka Cypher, Nilotika Band and Sylvester, who all commended the organizers for contributing to the Ugandan hip-hop scene.