Hip Hop U empowers adolescents through music to secure their own health and wellbeing.


Young people have the creativity and confidence to positively shape their futures.


Hip Hop U is a programme using the power of hip hop and rap as a tool for growing adolescent self-efficacy and agency in engaging with their own health and wellbeing.

The Hip Hop U programme is based on 5 years of learnings (through monitoring and evaluation, as well as qualitative research) from the Hip Hop Science Spaza initiative as well as the Hip Hop Health programme, both initiatives of Jive Media Africa.


Reference Group/ Collaborators:

Ms Hilary Kromberg, Founder and Director, Jive Media Africa and Hip Hop U, MMus (Adolescent Health and Music)

Dr Neil H McKerrow, Head of Paediatrics and Child Health, Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal

Ms Gracia Makiwane Nokwe, Director, Sinomlando Centre and Oral History Project

Prof Douglas Wassenaar, Professor of Psychology and Clinical Psychologist, UKZN School of Applied Human Sciences

Mr Malcolm Nhleko, Music Producer/Sound Engineer/Song Writer/Composer/Educator, Managing Director, Maltre Productions

Mr Bonwabise Mava Mbontsi, Founder and Creative Director, Bonwa Dance Company

Dr David Hartman, Psychiatrist (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult psychiatry)

Ms Helen Oosthuizen, Music Therapist and Researcher

Dr Lisa M. Butler, Associate Research Professor, University of Connecticut – Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy

Even when excluded from critical services and denied their basic rights, adolescents can be resourceful, courageous, and well aware that their futures depend not only on what we can do for them, but on what they can do for themselves”


“Community music is an intentional intervention, involving skilled music leaders, who facilitate group music-making experiences in environments that do not have set curricula. Here, there is an emphasis on people, participation, context, equality of opportunity, and diversity.” (Higgins, 2012)

“In communities enveloped in social problems … parents often lose hope for the future of their children. Performances give parents and other community members the opportunity to witness the potential, vibrant energy and resilience of their children, whilst also allowing children to enjoy the communities’ enthusiastic response to their accomplishments.” (Oosthuizen et al., 2007)

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