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Diamonds in the rough : a Ugandan hip hop revolution

Author: Brett MazurekMatthew ForrestMichael FrantiToby WagstaffSubterranean Network (Firm)All authors
Publisher: New York : H2O Newsreel c/o Third World Newsreel, 2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : DVD audio : Music   Sound Recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the ashes of four decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, the Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower the forgotten youth of Africa from within, while spreading their message of hope around the globe. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the Bataka movement to amplify the spirit of the next generation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Experimental films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Music, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Brett Mazurek; Matthew Forrest; Michael Franti; Toby Wagstaff; Subterranean Network (Firm); H2ONewsreel (Firm); Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 695018594
Language Note: Some subtitles in English.
Notes: This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Includes 7 music videos: Tuja babya / Krazy Native -- Vakwokuvegesa / Babaluku -- Malkia / Rah-P -- Lemelako / Abrams & Sylvester -- Wansi wagalu / Krazy Native -- Compilation / World Mash -- Compilation / Connect.
Includes a 60 min. video about the Bavubuka Foundation, a nonprofit organization that believes connecting youth with music and the arts can transform lives and unify diverse communities.
Accompanying sound disc consists of 14 tracks.
Credits: Director of photography, Brett Mazurek ; narrated by Michael Franti ; narration written by associate producer Toby Wagstaff.
Performer(s): Narrated by Michael Franti.
Description: 1 videodisc (53 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Details: DVD.
Responsibility: a Subterranean Network production ; produced by Jim Thompson, Matthew Forrest, Andrea Carrano ; written & edited by Brett Mazurek, Matthew Forrest ; directed by Brett Mazurek.

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"From the ashes of four decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, the Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower the forgotten youth of Africa from within, while spreading their message of hope around the globe. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the Bataka movement to amplify the spirit of the next generation in this musical journey. Diamonds in the Rough offers a raw glimpse of urban Africa through the eyes of four emerging hip hop artists in the Ugandan capitol of Kampala. They teach us how to struggle with a smile, how to make the best of life against insufferable odds, how to create our own opportunities and flourish through positivity, presenting a refreshing contrast to the commercialized bling bling gangster rap here in America. These artists are the voice of the new generation, the heroes of their community and a group of active, enthusiastic and energetic young people more concerned with global change then how much change they have in their pockets"--Publisher's Web site.

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The former British colony of Uganda is known perhaps more widely for its political strife than its music or poetry. In the 1970s, the dictator Idi Amin devastated the country with ethnic persecution and economic mismanagement. The East African nation is one of the world’s poorest and has struggled...
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