An initiative of grassroots Hiphop Kollektives that crosses borders and celebrates inspirational radical Underground Hiphop Culture in six African cities
The Afrikan Hiphop Caravan is an annual project run by various grassroots Hiphop Activist Networks spread across the African continent and diaspora to allow thousands of young people to experience Hiphop Culture at its' finest: as an elevating form of expression - a creative and revolutionary, counterforce to all forms of oppression.
The idea of organizing regional Hiphop events and creating a network of like-minded artists, activists and collectives has been raised and discussed in different forms in several circles for a number of years. This particular initiative - The Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan has its roots in conversations amongst political arts collectives and activists at the 2011 World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. In this meeting, as well as the ones that followed, it was recognized that there was a strong need for political arts collectives that are dedicated to Hiphop's original vision as the voice of the oppressed to interlink and organise to strengthen the conscious and political Hiphop movement on the continent.
Mic Crenshaw, lead organizer of the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan in the US, speaking at TEDx 2014 about our project:
Our vision is to build a strong and united Afrikan Hiphop Movement and our mission is to establish a cohesive network of Afrikan Hiphop Collectives with strong ties to like-minded organisations worldwide.
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The first Afrikan Hiphop Caravan took place from February to April 2013. The key organizing collectives of that year - Soundz of the South (South Africa), Uhuru Network (Zimbabwe) and Wasanii Mtaani (Kenya) - investigated, discussed and celebrated Hiphop, street art and urban youth culture for a week in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Harare, Nairobi and Tunis respectively.
The Afrikan Hiphop Caravan in Nairobi 2013:
The next Afrikan Hiphop Caravan kick-starts in November 2014 in Cape Town. In congruence with the project's aim - to consolidate links across borders, to share knowledge and skills, and to build an Afrikan Hiphop Movement - this year we seek to widen our project's scope by including more cities onto our itinerary: On its way from Cape to Cairo, the Caravan aims to visit Harare, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Ibadan, Lome, Dakar and Tunis.
Your contribution will help us to actually get the Caravan moving from city-to-city. It will allow dedicated Hiphop Activists to travel in order to share their skills and knowledge with the many people the Caravan will meet and engage with along its way!
For more information and the latest Updates, please visit our Official Website: http://hiphopcaravan.net/2014/
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The Compilation Album of the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan 2013
Soundz of the South - a Hiphop Activist Collective based in Cape Town, South Africa - were in Europe (Sweden, Denmark and Germany) for a week at the beginning of May to raise awareness for the Afrikan Hiphop Caravan.
Here are some impressions of our events:
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