I was enjoying a normal Saturday in Mumbai, just killing time when Ninja from Mumbai’s Finest hit me up and told me about the ‘DHARAVI ROCKS CREATIVE EXCHANGE‘ workshop. I along with Ninja and Sphere FX headed to the workshop to check out what was this was all about.
What I saw over there made me love our Desi Hip-Hop culture even more. The following is what I was able to grasp after noticing and speaking to the concerned authorities present.
A week of workshops had been conducted and for young talents from under-privileged backgrounds in and around Dharavi. There were workshops on beat-boxing, breaking and drumming. The best part about these workshops were that they were being run by Indian & British artists together. Beatboxing workshops were being held by Nagesh aka Sphere FX & Bellatrix, who is former world female beatbox champion (multiple times) as well as beating the boys in the duo beatbox battles in the UK last year, needless to say she is extremely dope AF!
Breaking workshops were being taken care off by B-Boy Ninja from Mumbais Finest & Ed Stephen from Roundhouse Street Circus. There were a lot of enthusiastic kids taking part in the drumming workshop as well, which were being taken care of by Harsh Karangale & Sam Agard from Kinetika Bloco.
The workshops were being held at Xaviers Engineering Institute, Mahim. The main objective of the workshops was to get the talented participants ready for the final performance which took place on Saturday Feb 4th, being headlined by Naezy and was organised at The Mumbai Assembly, Bandra West. They will also being performing at Koli Maidan, Dharavi on the 5th and 6th of this month along with other artists.
If you think that was all, then you were mistaken. 4 youngsters will be invited to London in November 2017, as part of a big project called ON MASS (organised by the Roundhouse), with 200 kids from all over the world collaborating together. The organising team will also work on setting up a professional structure around these young talents, to hopefully support their career on a long-term plan.
This project is in collaboration with ACORN Foundation, The Roundhouse & Gatecrash, with the support of Arts Council England. We honestly salute everyone involved in the project and proving that Desi Hip-Hop is one of the biggest Youth empowering tools.