MJD Foundation

Hip Hop Workshop January 2012

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Kids Makin' Beats

Kids exploring their emotions and having a bit of fun was the aim of the recent hip hop workshop at Angurugu.

To mark the end of the school holidays, over five days, 20 Groote Eylandt kids from Angurugu that are facing the challenges of Machado Joseph Disease in their families learnt how to make hip hop beats and raps from the award winning hip hop artist Nick Juan.

The young people had the opportunity to explore issues important to them: love, discos, boredom and the natural surroundings of Groote Eylandt.

YOUTUBE MUSIC VIDEO LINKS

=> Goin' to da River 
=> Don't Kill that Bird

MUSIC TRACKS

=> Want you Back - Hilroy  
=> Disco 
=> Dont Kill that Bird
=> Down in the Rain
=> Yellow Hair Style  

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"A hip hop MC is basically expected to yell poetry about how excellent they are. Many hip hop MCs also rap about problems they face, offering various solutions to the rhythm of their favourite break-beats," said Nick from Elements Hiphop Workshops.

"Like in other communities the kids wrote lyrics about community life. There was some real talent up here - both making the beats and writing the raps," he said.

To get their creative juices flowing, trips to the beautiful, and croc free, swimming holes, was in order.

"It was the last week of January, so it was pretty hot and kids aren't at their most creative inside a room, so we went out. We hit Emerald River and pulled out the underwater camera. It was great to see the kids in their element", said workshop coordinator, Ange Chesters from the MJD Foundation.

Three of the participants also worked with two of the local men, Hilroy Manggurra and Steve Wurramara, to record their film clips. Hilroy and Steve have been learning the art of film making as part of the MJD Foundation's Our Story project and this was a great opportunity to put their skills into practice and also learn new techniques on shooting hip hop videos from Nick.

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After receiving a $10,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, the MJD Foundation worked closely with the Angurugu Campus of the Ngakwurra Langwa College and East Arnhem Shire Council's Youth Sport and Recreation department to make it happen.

The MJD Foundation's Director of Research and Community Services, Libby Massey, said engaging young people affected by Machado Joseph Disease(MJD) and broader youth cohort is vital.

"We know that 130 Groote Eylandters alive today are at risk of having MJD, and each generation often experiences early onset and more severe symptoms, so a lot of the kids who attended are or will be directly affected by MJD."

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"The Hip Hop workshops were a fun way to engage the kids and provide respite for them as carers of family members with MJD and also for their carers. For us, this was a great way to kick off 2012," she said.

Nick is now back in his Brisbane studio mixing the tracks and they will be released in April for Youth Week. The participants will also be encouraged to enter their tracks into the 2012 Youth Week competition ‘Imagine, Create, Inspire'.

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The Hip Hop workshops were funded by the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation's Community Grants program aimed to help marginalised young Australians fulfill their potential.

The MJD Foundation's Executive Officer, Nadia Lindop said, "This the second grant we have received from the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation for our Social and Emotional Wellbeing program."

"The first grant funded our 2009 Young Men's Camp."

The camp was successful in engaging young men affected by MJD, informing them about the disease and enabling them to provide input into the MJD Foundation's programs, including the successful Our Story - an innovative art, education, cultural and economic empowerment project.

"The grants have allowed us to engage with our young people in the way they want - through outdoor activities and music."

"We really appreciate the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation's continued support in ensuring our young people reach their full potential. With our numbers of at risk people growing, we hope this support continues for many years to come," Nadia said.

MUSIC VIDEOS
=> Goin' to da River 
=> Don't Kill that Bird

MUSIC TRACKS
=> Want you Back - Hilroy
=> Disco 
=> Dont Kill that Bird 
=> Down in the Rain 
=> Yellow Hair Style

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