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West-side rhymes: young Sudanese women impress international hip hop star

A hot new hip hop music clip has been recorded by 14 young Sudanese women who took part in a series of creative workshops hosted by Victoria University in Footscray last month.

The local Sudanese women recently completed the two-week Culture Shack workshop with international hip hop star Nantali Indongo of multicultural rap group Nomadic Massive.

After learning the history of hip hop at Footscray Community Arts Centre, the women wrote original raps and recorded them with the artist's assistance at Kindred Studios in Footscray.

The music video was produced with the help of social enterprise powerhouse Youthworx Media and has been uploaded to Vimeo (link below).

Culture Shack, a VU School of Education program, offered workshops in playwriting and animation, as well as the hip hop work with Indongo.

Project co-director and School of Education lecturer Dr Anne Harris said many of the young people who attended the workshops will be working towards a Certificate III in Creative Industries through VU's arts education pathway.

"The commitment and high level of skill shown by the Sudanese participants in Culture Shack was impressive and inspiring to both artists and teachers,'' Dr Harris said. 

"The Sudanese community in Melbourne is achieving great things, collectively and individually. These young people are tomorrow's leaders. They are putting Footscray on the map and enriching Melbourne's cultural and educational capital. And now they are being recognised internationally, by artists like Nantali.''

Dr Harris said the participants were eager to return in the September school holidays for continuing arts and education development opportunities through the Culture Shack program.

"VU boasts high enrolments of African students, an achievement of which we are proud. The School of Education is continuing its commitment to provide innovative, sustainable and creative pathways for all students to access vocational and higher education in the areas in which they thrive." 

The link for the music video is http://vimeo.com/23514971

Photos of the Sudanese women in action are available by request.

For interview: Project Director Dr Anne Harris on 0408 803 609 or [email protected]

 

Media contact:

Daniel Clarke, Media Officer,

VU Marketing and Communications Department

Ph: 9919 9491 or 0407 771 072

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