Please Support Krip-Hop Nation's South Africa Tour Nov-Dec 10th Disability Awareness Month in S.A
Hello Friends & Supporters
It all started when I was in my early teens. I told my mom that I wanted to go to South Africa in the middle of the US anti-Aparthied movement in which my father and I was apart of. In my high school years I tried to do a paper on what was going on in South Africa for people with disabilities/Deaf and remember this was in the mid 80's before computers. My paper turned out to be a half a page cause I couldn't find enough information on people with disabilities/Deaf in South Africa at that time.
Fast-forward to 2007 when Krip-Hop Nation officially started in full-blown (It was in my brain in the 90's) on myspace and with the internet Krip-Hop blew up internationally and I also continued my networking internationally connecting to disabled/Deaf activists, journalists, musicians including Hip-Hop artists. If you been following my column you would have noticed the coverage of disabled people/artists all of Africa from the Congo to Zimbabwe to Nigeria to South Africa and beyond.
If you know me you will also know I live on SSI i.e. a tight budget, however with this tight budget I manage to travel to the UK, Canada & around the US spreading the work of Krip-Hop Nation setting up chapters etc..
Well after years of networking and writing over the internet with African disabled artists/activists especially Hip-Hop artists with disabilities, Krip-Hop Nation aka myself will be flying to South Africa for a tour that will hit five or more cities meeting and performing with all types of artists with disabilities/Deaf in the Disability Awareness Month in South Africa from November 5-December 10th/2016.
Before I talk about the outcomes of this tour, let me tell you that I already have my ticket and that is a big thing as a person living on SSI & the team in South Africa has been working overtime to get things ready. Big love to Simon Manda who is kicking butt on all the ground work in South Africa from accessible transportation to venues and so much more!
• Book of memoirs
• Talent Showcase
• Seminars/Roundtable Discussions
• Skills Development/Transfer
• Database of Artists/Creatives with disabilities/Deaf
• Linkages to the DADA Festival
Here are our team members:
• Leroy Moore (Founder: Krip Hop Nation- USA)
• Simon Manda (Editor and Co-Founder: THISABILITY Newspaper)
• Nicolene Mostert (Co-Founder: OCAL Global)
• Alun Davies (Co-Founder: OCAL Global)
• Mduduzi Nhlebela (Photography/Videography; Businessman)
• 2 Assistants
There’s a lot of wisdom and ideas in the communities Krip-Hop Nation represents. But these ideas are not shared and applied. That’s what Leroy’s trip (and the book/film) aim to achieve. Simon and Leroy will be observing, listening, documenting and collaborating with others in Africa and in America to help connect and expand visibility, voices, common bonds and differences with others in a book format. This project is an opportunity to bring out the needed communication between the disability/Deaf community here in the US & Africa and to build on our talents onto an international stage that Leroy hopes would lead to more collaborations in the artistic space-like networking artists face to face in an international conference or festival in South Africa with Stevie Wonder as ambassador.
Friday September 9th, R.e. Spect of Zimbabwe, Africa agreed to let his song be the theme song for Krip-Hop Nation's South Africa Tour 2016. He wrote & performed this song for Krip-Hop Nation back in 2012.
Help out! Give to Krip-Hop South Africa Tour November-December 2016. We have a month and half left to raise funds for this tour so please donate and continue to pass it around. The donations will go to the following:
*Publishing a book of stories, art, poetry, essays and song lyrics of artists,writers with disabilities/Deaf in Africa & US
*Creating, editing, producing and marketing of a film documentary of the tour
*Accessible equipment that would make the tour more accessible, including wheelchairs, etc.
Once again this is more than just a one time tour! This tour will create more than a book and film documentary but will set a foundation to bring out the needed communication between the disability community here in the US & Africa and to build on our talents onto an international stage that Leroy hopes would lead to more collaborations in the artistic space-like networking artists face to face in an international conference or festival in South Africa with endorsement from Stevie Wonder who is the United Nation ambassador of people with disabilities all over the world. If you know how to get in touch with Stevie Wonder, please get in touch with us at Krip-Hop Nation.
Listen to the song & read the lyrics:
Image description: Picture of a world with a Black woman and a Black man kissing a Krip-Hop Nation video box. Above are words: USA to Africa South Africa Tour Nov-December 2016. Below is a set of crutches crossing each other with a white hand displaying a sign language sign Below words saying: Brought to You By This Ability Newspaper, Simon Manda & Krip--Hop Nation
Leroy F. Moore Jr.
Founder of Krip-Hop Nation/Columnist of Poor Magazine