Hip-hop culture in Uganda is reaching its peak with several artistes hitting the international scene. For this reason, End of the Weak International Hip-hop Festival was opened in Uganda to act as a platform for all hip hop musicians, both young and old, to exhibit talent and share experiences.
Introduced to Uganda in 2009 and officially launched in 2010, End of the Weak, also known as MC challenge, is a cultural exchange program which assembles hip hop talents from over 15 countries from five continents around the world. It aimed at perking up the hip hop game in Uganda, considering the fact that there are many upcoming musicians that are taking up the genre.
End of the Weak was established in New York City in the year 2000 and started just as a small weekly platform where hip hop musicians met at the back of a restaurant to showcase what they are best at. Over the years, the movement has grown and spread out to countries like Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina and Germany among others.
The music showcased during the challenges is collaborative, involving several musicians presenting in a single tune. 24 participants from 9 countries descend on Uganda for this year’s grand finale slatted for 25 October at Open House, where local and international MCs, dancers, DJs and street artistes do their thing.
Uganda being part of this global communion is a great opportunity for local hip hop artistes to get global recognition as they compete against international sensations. With a diversity of peoples and languages, the local hip hop music industry has permeated into various regions of the country.
With the adoption of a foreign culture has come the preservation of our own cultures. Musicians are coming out from all regions of the country and now, rap music does not only have to be in English. This accounts for the growth of hip hop genres like Luga-flow, Luo-flow, Ruga-flow and others in the different indigenous languages.
The president of End of the Weak in Uganda is Bana Mutibwa, a 2011 Entertainment Young Achievers Award Winner. A rapper who has greatly achieved from End of the Weak, alongside others like BigTril (Trizzy) and St. Nelly-Sade.
The event is open to the public at a very affordable price of UGX 10000 and UGX 20000 for VIP. Proceeds from End of the Weak are used to transport and set up accommodation for the regional winners and judges, hiring equipment and publicizing the event.
For hip hop lovers, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed, a great opportunity to come face-to-face with their stars, and for upcoming musicians to come into contact with their role models.”,”The hip-hop attack on Uganda.
By Enid Karen Nabumati