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Muki Garang
Muki Garang

Kenya

I consider my commitment to the Kenyan art scene to be one that utilizes the power of entertainment, in providing education on different key issues affecting Kenyan population.


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Created: 21st Jan 2012
Modified: 21st Jan 2012
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Professional Information
Professional Areas:
Art
Employer:
Maisha yetu
Position:
Programs Officer
Working primarily in:
Kenya

Description of Work:

More importantly my work utilizes music as a tool for community empowerment and is now noted worldwide. This is captured in Prof. Mwenda Ntaragwis book titled “East African Hiphop: Youth, culture and globolization”.


Biographical Information
Muki Garang
(At a Glance)
Date of Birth: Dec/4/1979
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Sudan

I consider my commitment to the Kenyan art scene to be one that utilizes the power of entertainment, in providing education on different key issues affecting Kenyan population.

Over the past two years I have conducted interviews at The Hampshire College addressing various topics on East African Hiphop, including the historical context, the role of popular culture as a mode of expression and tool for public education and the possibilities of using the avenue to address various community needs.

More importantly my work utilizes music as a tool for community empowerment and is now noted worldwide. This is captured in Prof. Mwenda Ntaragwis book titled “East African Hiphop: Youth, culture and globolization”.

In my tenure as an activist, i have engaged in a number of socially conscious projects, collaborating with institutions such as the Sarakasi Trust, French cultural centre, Goethe institute and the British council.

More than being a poet and Hiphop artist I am the co-founder of Words and Pictures (WAPI) - an acclaimed youth arts project in Nairobi which serves as a monthly platform for upcoming artists (for which i was nominated for the British Council’s International Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2006).

I convened a project called ‘Hip Hop Parliament’ in the midst of the post-election violence 2007/2008 in Kenya, as a means to engage Nairobi’s youth in positive dialogue across ethnic lines. In addition I am the founder of Maisha Yetu – a non-profit arts organization for youth, and I also worked at Ghetto Radio 89.5fm as an editor for their online journal www.ghettoradio.nl . 

The performance spaces I have created highlight on Africa’s plight of Aids, Poverty, unemployment and war. Activities carried out in these forums mitigate on negative ethnicity and uses popular culture to enhance collaboration and involvement in community work amongst Kenya’s youth, as we look ahead to the 2012 Kenya elections.


Accomplishments
Production:

 

  1. Reuters Africa Journal interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owmxj7sCvoE
  2. Maisha Yetu NGO Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/mukigarang1?feature=mhee

 


Other Accomplishments:

 

 

  1. December 2011- Produced and organized for the recording of  A Dollar a Day 18 track poetry and hiphop album in Mafikeng,South Africa . With artists from Nigeria,Kenya,Zimbabwe,Botswana and South Africa.
  2. October  2011  Participant World Jam 2011 -Chiang Mai,Thailand
  3. February 2006  British Council IYMEY nominee
  4. February 2006  Founder Maisha Yetu
  5. February 2006 Co-Founder Words and Pictures together with the British Council
  6. January 2007-December 2009 -Online editor www.ghettoradio.nl

 

 

 

 


Publication:

 

  1. My web portfolio  http://louisaokowebportfolio.blogspot.com
     Daily Nation contribution (Kenya)
  1.   http://www.nation.co.ke/magazines/lifestyle/-/1214/679180/-/8a1tm1z/-/index.html
  2. http://www.nation.co.ke/magazines/lifestyle/-/1214/812746/-/7apc59z/-/index.html

 


Award:

 

  1. British Council International Young Enterpreneur of The Year Award 2006
  2. Registering Maisha Yetu as a Non governmental organization in Kenya 2006
  3. Online editor  www.ghettoradio.nl

 

 




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