When the Hip Hop For Society begun, it was driven by a goal of using hip hop to change and transform lives. Nine times down the road, the event is still stuck to its guns, only that now it is more appreciated and welcomed than ever before. The 9th edition of the event is set to go down this month on 31st, and this time, on top of transforming lives, it has a theme of building cooperation as well.
Hip Hop worldwide started as a ghetto music genre, and was related to criminals and hoodlums. Overtime, it started to gain credibility and in America where it started, it took a turn and was used by many youths to stave off crime. Eventually the movement spread, and now in Uganda, hip hop music is the genre used to relay on important messages to the public, and hip hop dance is used by many to entertain and earn a living.
This year’s edition still has the same core of “positive roles of hip hop in society” and all attendees will have a lot to gain from it; entertainment through music performances and dance competitions, motivation through speeches and workshops, knowledge and extra learning through exhibitions and video screenings and interactions through discussions.
The dancers will include Kampala’s street youth ‘Save Street Children Uganda’ which will be choreographed by reputed ladies from Break dance Project Uganda.
According to Anne Whitehead from Whitehead Communications, who are sponsoring the event, there is a special educative treat.
“There will be free French lessons courtesy of the French embassy as well as a library opened by the US embassy.” She told chano8.
The event will take place this Sunday at the Sharing Youth Centre in Nsambya, along Ggaba Road in Kampala, from 2pm to 9pm. Entrance is free to all.