France's Embassy in Tanzania to host Hip Hop Asili festival

23Jun 2022
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
France's Embassy in Tanzania to host Hip Hop Asili festival

​​​​​​​THE Embassy of France in Tanzania in collaboration with the WePresent institution has announced the second edition of the Hip Hop Asili festival, designed to celebrate Hip Hop Culture in East Africa.

France's Ambassador to Tanzania, Nabil Hajlaoui (L), speaks to journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday about the embassy organizing the 'Hip Hop Asili' festival in collaboration with an institution, Wepresent Tanzania, to be held at the Alliance Francaise hall in the city later this month. Sitting (R) is the Alliance Francaise's Board Chairman, Mkuki Bugoya. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

The event, which is also aimed at celebrating the art of breakdancing, emceeing, graffiti, and deejaying, will be held at the Alliance Française in Dar es Salaam from June 23-25.

This festival is a continuation of the actions carried out by 30 African and French Hip Hop artists last October during the New Africa-France Summit (NSAF), which led to the development of a Hip Hop cooperation strategy for the African continent for the period 2022/24.

“The festival is the unique event where we celebrate the history of Hip Hop in the region, it is also a joyous moment to unite artists from different countries,” France's Ambassador to Tanzania Nabil Hajlaoui noted.

Artists from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Ghana, Mayotte, France, and the United States of America will join other 36 upcoming artists who were selected during the Hip Hop Asili regional competitions from six regions of Tanzania, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Hip Hop Asili Festival coordinators will, on June 24, host an East Africa Break Dance Competition to get a Tanzania champion who will go to the 'Battle of the Year 2022' in Tokyo, Japan.

The festival will on June 25 be decorated by the live performances of Octopizzo (Kenya), Tina Mweni (Kenya/Denmark), Rise Up Band (Tanzania/France), Jay Moe (Tanzania), The Mc 255 (Tanzania), Mic Crenshaw (US), Lord Eyes (Tanzania) and many others.

The festival also includes a three-day workshop to be held from June 20-22, 2022. The workshops will contain content such as the history of Tanzanian Hip Hop, the art of Emcee, Breakdance, Beat Box, etc.

The facilitators will be Bboy Lilou from France, a breakdance world champion, Deejay PH from France, Mejah Mbuya from Tanzania, Mama C (Tanzania/US), and others.

The festival attaches great importance to the genre aspect. There will be a performance of a group of female rappers established by the 'Her Hip Hop' project through the Franco-German Fund financed by the Institut Français in collaboration with Goethe Institut.

There will be two types of tickets, a full festival pass ticket, and a day festival ticket.

A full festival pass ticket costs 20,000/-, and a day festival ticket is sold at 10,000/-, with more than 1,500 people expected to attend the festival.

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