Video | 16:9 | 1-2 min | stereo sound | swahili, english
Video statements for S.U.A. Arusha, Tanzania2015
These video statements were commissioned by Saving Underground Artists. S.U.A. is an union of local cultural producers founded in 2012 by Biggie Shirima and Daz Knaledge. In these videos, rappers, artists, producers and hip hop fans were asked to state their message to their community and the people of Arusha.
S.U.A. organizes many things for Arusha; open stages for rappers, beatboxers, and breakdancers, an open air cinema with a focus on documentary filmmaking produced by locals addressing local issues, workshops (as graffiti or poetry writing, filmmaking, beatbox, sound etc.), and lectures. This catalogue of services is funded and organized by the Arushan community, with no backing from government programs. What they aim to do is create a platform for the underground movements in arts and politics, thus interweaving the two fields.
featuring: Wiseman - R'n'B Singer, student - Henry Sangawa - Illuminator, examination coordinator of the British council - Gaëlle Lapostolle - Director of the Alliance Française of Mkurugenzi - Jabu Wa Jabu - Blockbuster, plastic collector - Gabriel Olodi - Traditional music teacher at Makumira University, Tanzania - Lotuno Lomayani aka Umbwa Mzee - Rapper, producer, head of Watengwa Records and Studio - Abdala Said Mshakamari aka DeWee - Beatboxer, drummer - Kamaa Rutta - Rapper, member of X-Plastaz, farmer - Sight More - Rapper, member of KINGS, driver for a butchers shopEugen Peter - Rapper, assistant of Biggie Shirima and artist coordinator of S.U.A.GP - Rapper, poet - Manase Mzava - Rapper, porter on Kilimanjaro mountainUthman Shaban - Breakdancer, farmer - Biggie Shirima - Founder and manager of S.U.A. - Robert Babuu Molell - Co-founder and taskmaster of S.U.A. - Jenipha Lucas - Student at Alliance Française of Mkurugenzi, volunteer of S.U.A.