Young people writing and shaping their own narratives…

The Hip Hop U programme creates an engagement space for young people, health experts and popular music artists to collaborate on health‐related challenges affecting their lives.

“Young people are never too young or too inexperienced to contribute to making a difference in their own lives and those in their communities …

Young people continue to prove that, with their remarkable and resounding voices, change can be effected. They have and continue to write and shape their own narrative” (Duncan Moeketse).

Even though our youth have the potential to transform Africa, if neglected, they could exacerbate poverty and inequality while threatening peace, security and prosperity

Graca Machel

“Ay, I am feeling proud of myself! And I am feeling proud that my family is happy about me!”

ParticipantHip Hop U Programme

One of the tasks of the progressive educator … is to unveil opportunities for hope… After all, without hope there is little we can do.” 

Paulo FreireEducator and Philosopher

We as parents didn’t notice lots of things about our kids – but now we know that there are things that a child has without sticking on books.”

Parent/ CaregiverHip Hop U Programme

Music has become a genuine developmental resource – young people would say a killer app’ – that deserves much more attention … in adolescence.”

Dave Miranda Associate Professor

I have begun to live a different life than before

ParticipantHip Hop U Programme

“Until our young people are free, we are not free. They remind us of this every time they use their creative brains to carry out well orchestrated criminal activity!”

Gracia NokweDirector, Sinomlando Oral History Project


Rapping young people in hope – they are the future!

What are the issues young people in sub-saharan Africa face? We grapple with some of the top developmental challenges for young people in our blog, as well as with how music can be used to help shape the future…

Thoughts from the Team

Here we get to hear it from the reference group/ collaborators…

We can get it so wrong!

I was invited to speak at a local all-girls (public) school during…


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