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October 22, 2013

Diamonds in the Rough Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution

"From the ashes of four decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, the Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower the forgotten youth of Africa from within, while spreading their message of hope around the globe. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the Bataka movement to amplify the spirit of the next generation in this musical journey. Diamonds in the Rough offers a raw glimpse of urban Africa through the eyes of four emerging hip hop artists in the Ugandan capitol of Kampala. They teach us how to struggle with a smile, how to make the best of life against insufferable odds, how to create our own opportunities and flourish through positivity, presenting a refreshing contrast to the commercialized bling bling gangster rap here in America. These artists are the voice of the new generation, the heroes of their community and a group of active, enthusiastic and energetic young people more concerned with global change then how much change they have in their pockets"
Narrated by Michael Franti.
Includes 7 music videos: Tuja babya / Krazy Native -- Vakwokuvegesa / Babaluku -- Malkia / Rah-P -- Lemelako / Abrams & Sylvester -- Wansi wagalu / Krazy Native -- Compilation / World Mash -- Compilation / Connect.
Includes a 60 min. video about the Bavubuka Foundation, a nonprofit organization that believes connecting youth with music and the arts can transform lives and unify diverse communities.
U. Michigan public performance rights obtained

Hip hop is the voice of the generation. The musical style crosses all borders. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57591-D Releasesd in 2009 53 minutes

Accompanying sound disc consists of 14 tracks.

Posted by mcmike at October 22, 2013 08:51 AM

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