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Muki Garang & BBC’s Mike Wooldridge 1-06-08_Hip_Hop_Parliament
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Muki Garang & BBC’s Mike Wooldridge 1-06-08_Hip_Hop_Parliament
By Muki Garang
Folks i have been on a quest since 2002 trying in various attempts to figure out how this should work. By -this, i mean how WE the youth can be a part of National development.
Before Maisha Yetu I worked extensively with the British Council Kenya- from February 2006 to July 2007, where I co-founded a program called WAPI (Words and Pictures). WAPI continues to provide a platform for exhibition of material from artists, including music, graffiti, poetry and dance.
Through WAPI, a large number of artists have found a platform to launch their careers, and have gone on to be successful entrepreneurs and artists in the public domain. The program ran monthly festivals actively in Nairobi, Dar-e-salaam, Kampala & Lagos. Read more
Maisha Yetu is a Non-profit Organization that was registered in February 2006 by the NGO Co-ordinations Board in Kenya. Maisha Yetu’s goal is to empower Kenya’s youth through their talents.
Its involvement since infancy has targeted youth of Nairobi from all ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Maisha Yetu uses popular cultural expressions to disseminate its objectives in a creative fashion to the urban youth. Read more
By Muki Garang
From the deluxe version of A dollar a day produced by Akili Blaq of Dextraw Studios there are two additional tracks. Sunray by Handsaloof aka Attmatatva Das is one of the poems that i feel inclined to recently. The mind is an extremely strange place to wonder about and can be scary experience for those who’ve dared take trips. Using Das’ thoughts to traverse these cognitive spaces sheds sunrays to dark quarters in these parts. Let me not be cryptic, since Death be Das was then known as Angell whom i find resonance with his poetry. I don’t want to refer myself as a fan but rather, i have the utmost reverence and respect for Das’ poetry.
More than being my host in Gaborone we’ve bonded as brothers. For that reason i took the liberty to transcribe his lyrics from Sunray to share with you, these god sent poet’s clarity in articulating his imagination.
The tricks to remain sober
Avoid these wondrous wavy wisps of dreary dreams
and things that blur when close
Weaves that lead you down
to wishing worlds were wildly colorful coned
like clouds with slow and their view
would stop to drink when the drought is close to over
prayer is the only reality here everything else is a lie
Healthy food for fear like someone with a lofty life to live
caught in the glare of a show of frivolous shadowy things
that swing and glisten in a fiery bling
asked the clone
zoned in a slur of a song we all sing
Yeha we are all bound to be found by the sun!!!
There where the blue rocks are
Out to shoot the milky mist with mama’s antique gun
Food of possibilities ploughed in auspicious nights
Filled with falling stars
fouled by the parts they play, fouled by the parts they play
You can familiarize yourself with Das’ work here;
On March 28th 2013 we posted blogs on our activities in the SADAC region of South Africa. Since we came back to Kenya about ten weeks back our blogging frequency has been wanting. Quite a busy ride for Staff and members. No excuse for the silence we’re back and continue to our efforts in meeting our obligations.
We pride ourselves to be a different type of NGO, creative! The 1,000 days of action for the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – reduction of extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – was agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.
According to the UN News Centre 38 countries have met part of the first MDG which calls on Member States to halve by 2015 the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. Though Kenya doesn’t make the list, we at Maisha Yetu are working with with like-minded organizations to remind the government and peers in the civil society of our prerogative in attaining the MDGs.
In our creative ways these are the organizations we’ve worked with since the beginning of the year;
Organization City Contact
Dam Productions -Yaounde/Paris Madina Djobongue
Have Plenty Music – Namibia Nita
House 22 -Suncity, Pretoria Mpho Regalo
PAYT Africa - Mafikeng,South Africa Lerato Mosimane
Dextraw Multimedia -Mafikeng,South Africa Akili Mulinge
Mouth of Vigilance -Botswana Angell Nthoi
Africa Unbound -Washington, DC. Dr.Rahel Kassahun
Event: Launch of Kentse Bardiwang’s E-book Kattey’s Arrow.
Venue: Protea Hotel Mmabatho,Palms
Date and Time: 29th March 2013 6:30pm
After experiencing some of the worst things a girl child can encounter including multiple rape, depression, neglect and low self-esteem, her spirit relentlessly fought to keep searching for her truth. In her own words through interviews that capture her pre-launch moments ‘The Arrow that I was born with to guide me through the journey to my destiny, led and guided me out of situations good and bad; its golden sharp end served as a light in my darkest moments telling me that i was different but not less.’
PAYT our sister organizational trust in South Africa, has taken its milestones higher this year by publishing a talented writer Kentse Bardiwang, whose captivating story has been captured in an e-book titled Kattey’s Arrow.
In retrospect January of 2012 PAYT saw the publishing of our collaborative music project A Dollar a day. This year Kentse’s e-book that has been published as part of Lerato Mosimane’s ebook Collections http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/GuyPublishing1 is going live on the launch date today .
Here’s a little something about this book by my acquaintance Kentse Bardiwang whom I can tell you is quite a charming being. Despite all trials and tribulations in her life this burgeoning, bubbly, joyful Tswana girl, has defied the odds and stood tall. As I was speaking to Kentse during her photo shoot, she told me, “I have written this book over 3 years and during that period of time I found my healing.” I mentioned looking forward to her reading during the E-book launch, to which replied, “Tshepo I do not think I will be able to ready any excerpt from my book it, the pain is overwhelms me.”
The author continues to say, ‘After 37 years following the Arrow, it finally led me to my destiny Dikgabo Village, a place of remarkable creatures. Just like Tajewo left home with his brother’s Arrow from the village to become a warrior. My arrow is my Spirit.’
Let’s just say this is a bold step in empowering the confident African woman. Kudos PAYT!
Every year Maisha Yetu makes a trip to the SADAC region to touch base with its peer organizations namely; Platinum Africa Youth Tourism (SA) and Mouth of Vigilance(Botswana). Run By Trustee Lerato Mosimane and Atmattatva Das respectively.
Quiddity is a magazine that is published in Botswana by Mouth of Vigilance. The man behind the scene is none other than the Soft spoken Attmatatva Das, Formerly known as Archanagel, Fullovit and also Angell.
Really I won’t be able to put a label or try to define Quiditty but with simple words that are within my reach I will say, Quiditty ‘Puts you on!’
Quiditty is a two pager that prints articles on events, artists blogs, and also services provided within this region. That means you could easily send a bio of yourself, a description of your services and a review of your event to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be plugged on to readership across Africa.
In April Quiditty will hit Nairobi!
As Maisha yetu staff, I have to admit this was meant to be a short vacation, am talking 3 days, but with a 30 day visa, it would be a waste not to put to in work for at least 3 weeks. Compared to last year I have done very little, that being said only one recording of my first single from my Solo album (Yet to be named) under my new identity Tshepo Tsebogo. You wanna ask why it is am changing my name? First it’s symbolism for giving up my definition as a citizen constrained by demarcations and borders. Am also excited to explore the suppressed personality of a jubilant outgoing, bold and outspoken Tshepo!
I am eager to be free from stereotypes that have bound me for years in my land of birth. Yes hoping calm prevails because from what i hear over this end, it’s hectic. Am just saying it’s only Tshepo that I can use to navigate through the constraints set by my native tongue! Tshepo Tebogo Sestswana for To Hope and to thank!
Lastly the role model tag has never augured well with me,i want to be free and am paying for my freedom by putting down my thoughts and feelings on MM3rd’s experimental, alternative Hiphop genre. Am talking a Black African rapper, spitting bars and hooks over a production such as EL_P’s Cancer for cure, you feel me?
So to execute this plan properly, am hoping to make it back here in September. Then work on my Solo album. If i play by Bebe Ketchupe’s bid, she could just see me through this project. Oh and by the way that’s Maisha Yetu’s main sponsor.
So yeha Tshepo … I think most won’t like him like they did Muki but you know.. ain’t nothing as stale as an artist or a country that doesn’t morph!
Apu sebekedi and beckz Selalome are working on an album. How does this work? First its definitely a blazing Motswako collab! How do i know? Apu known for his jumpy high impact thermogenic monkey beats, mushing up with fierce verbal tongue lashes from Beckz ( of the reknown baby butt soft hit). Yes you might as well get your work out gear ready, and the best ear and headphones because i guarantee you its a certified head nod.
Last i checked with these two MCs they were in Pretoria recording,mixing and mastering. I have had the priviledge of hanging out with ApU and truth be told his creative spontaneity will awe you! The first time i met Apu in MAftown at Unit 6, he had conjured a hook from the first two lines i had in my convo with him. Hence the track Mad ol.
Play Mad Ol‘
Enter Beckz Selalome who according to me doesn’t need any introduction. When i first heard Baby butt soft in 2010 and it was a heavy rotation anthem that i shared with connects across the globe! The feedback, hectic! Tswana rap was blazing from jeep speakers from Dar-e-salaam Tanzania to Ann Arbor Michigan.
Really i can confirm that yes, the two are working on an album which will be released soon, but i don’t have the dates. Yeha sad to say that because since am close with these two cats i thought i’d have more info, i guess they’ve kept the lid tight shut because of a leakage that occured during their mastering. Well the game is rigged and these young cats are working on their bit to midwife this long awaited Geen Suebat themed album to your ears.
Lastly Geen suebat is a hand throwing resentment attitude towards any form of frustration.. more like saying Yabasta! Enough is enough!
PS : Motswako a way of life – A documentary featuring prominent and upcoming Motswako artists from the Northwest Province of the post apertheid nation was aired this past sunday on South Africa’s EATV. You’ll definitely notice the presence of these two tswak-ed out Motswakolistas.
Apu shows off his prowess after curtain raising for America’s R&B star Usher during last year’s Pilsner Ansa festival in Mafikeng.
Dextraw Studio and Ghostchyld entertainment have respectively released instrumental productions in December 2012. I don’t know if they had timed it with the end of the Pisces age. But for sure there is an Aquarian aquatic jazzy trippy souldfoul feel to this bumpy mellow rythms from Naughtywest (Northwest province of the post-apertheid Nation). So as the Kenyan connect, i make a point of informing you of what is out there that you should Fs with. In this case we have;
Bonsai Doze by MM3Rd Download
Bonsai - (盆栽?, lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings, pronunciation (help·info))
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. How this applies to MM3rD’s beat tape? perhaps a listen should give you the answer. Smartly laced with a samurai intro sparking the 20 track session. Produced from the Kitchen of Dextraw studios in Mafikeng am sure this is a proper dose for the summer towards new year aspirations. Not just to rap to but to chill to as well. In my own words and please do not let my abstract self loose you, it exceeds the height of your expectations in respect to the Bonsai’s tree’s length!
Werewolf K9 from GC and Bongo Muffin are Keys fiends. I know them, they produced self titled track on my music project A Dollar a day featuring Akili Blaq. Yeha these are not your average Hiphop producers! you know the ones who just lace keys without any method. Well with GC there is a method to their soulful madness for most part K9 built his musical ear on the C -note. Recently he’s been working alot with TLS from his Jason Adams Ep and now as the world ends with the age of Pisces becoming a past The Infuzion Instrumental edition ushers in a new age of creativity with no boundaries.
Both productions are available for download and if you decide you wanna mess with these beats am just saying credits are in order.
Sharp, enjoy your festive season peace am out 1000. Miss Maftown loads from these tunes! Hola!