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”