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BBoy Abu
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
17 Dec 2012

Break dancers practice at their local church.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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BB Mawanvuwanvu
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
17 Dec 2012

Hitching a ride on a truck, BB left his village to make a life of Hip Hop in Kampala. End of the Weak MC Challenge Champion 2011.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Walk for children of Syria (63 of 65)
Bologna, Italy
By Michele Pero
17 Nov 2012

Walk for Syrian children in Bologna, Italy, on November 17, 2012. Syrian people from all over the world meet up for a global walk for to drive the attention of the world to the condition of Syrian children left under the regime of Assad.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in the terrace of her downtown apartment in Milano,Italy

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Eris Nezha, first ballet dancer of Te...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Albanian ballet first dancer Eris Nezha, of Teatro La Scala of Milano

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in the terrace of her downtown apartment in Milano,Italy with he life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano, Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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Petra Conti, Etoile and First Ballet ...
Milano Italy
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
15 Oct 2012

Milano-Italy- October 15th-2012 –EXCLUSIVE PICTURES (ITALY OUT)
Petra Conti is La Scala’s ballet dancing star and in two years she has gone from corps to prima ballerina, or first ballet dancer, the Etoile. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma in 2006. In Janu­ary 2007 she made her début with the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona(Italy) in the role of Cinderella in the ballet Cenerentola by Maria Grazia Garofoli. During the season 2007–2008 Petra left Italy for a year of study with the Teatro Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia. While she was there she also performed as a soloist with the Conservatorio Rimsky– Korsakov. In August 2008 she made her début as Giselle in the Anfiteatro Romano di Verona, in a version by Garofoli. During the 2008–2009 season she joined the corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, where she participated in the creation of a new new Jiří Kylián ballet, Zug­vogel. In July 2009 she performed in the Nijinsky Gala in Hamburg as the VI nymph in L’après-midi d’un faune. During August 2009 she took her place in the corps de ballet of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala where she immediately started dancing principal roles. She won great acclaim in Yvette Chauvirè’s version of Giselle, and this was followed by Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in John Cranko’s One­gin, and George Balanchine’s Emeralds. Petra Conti was nominated soloist after her début in the reconstruction of Raymonda in November 2011. She danced Giselle as part of the opening celebrations of the new Royal Opera House di Muscat, and in December 2011 went with the La Scala company to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow Russia, as the first visiting company in the newly restored theatre. She danced Civiltà in La Scala’s calling-card ballet Excelsior, and Titania in Balanchine’s A Mid­summer Night’s Dream. It was on the Bolshoi stage, after the last performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Decem­ber 22, that La Scala’s ballet director, Makhar Vaziev, pro­moted her to the highest rank of Prima Baller­ina., The Etoile. The picture shows Petra Conti posing in front of Teatro La Scala, Milano,Italy with her life companion and first ballet dancer of Teatro La Scala, albanian dancer Eris Nezha.

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FEATURING INDIA; CONTEMPORARY EGYPTIA...
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Oct 2012

Kashmir Valley celebrates tourism week with the mesmerizing Shikara festival held at the world famous Lake Dal. Hundreds of boaters took part by giving tours on the lake where the tourism department gave live performances of traditional Kashmiri songs.

Based in the Chitrkoot district of Utter Pradesh, one of the most underdeveloped places in India, a creative small-town tribal woman named Meera launched a local paper "Khabar Laheriya" (Wave News) which began as a way for women to address sexual violence, gender issues and education.

Voodoo Doll: An interpretive dance piece performed at Contemporary Dance Night in Egypt.

Thousands of Jordanians gathered in front of Al Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman to call for electoral reform after Friday prayer on October 5, 2012.

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Women in Syria: Girls Dance in Refuge...
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Girls dance in weekly protests outside the liberated town of Azaz, which has sustained aerial bombardments for months. Thousands stay in makeshift camps, unable to enter Turkey.

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After the Spring in Yemen (15 of 28)
Thula, Yemen
By dustweare
26 Aug 2012

Jambiya dance during the celebration of a wedding in Thula, the Haraz mountains, province of Amran. Dating back centuries to the pre-Islamic era, the Yemeni dagger is used for self-defense and in traditional dance.

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Break Dancing
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By Dominic.J.Lucarelli
24 Jun 2012

Some youth break dancing at the Bukit Bintang subway stop in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The bus to Gulu
Gulu, Uganda
By Amy Hume
21 Dec 2011

End of the Weak General Burney MC in Gulu to organize an event in the North.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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God is Great
Gulu, Uganda
By Amy Hume
21 Dec 2011

EOW General Burney MC on the bus to Gulu to organize a Hip Hop event in the North.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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DJ Apeman, Africa's Best DJ
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
17 Dec 2011

DJ Apeman, raised in the UK, returned to his homeland to ignite people through music.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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BBoy
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
20 Nov 2011

Break dancing exhibit.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Cyno MC in Berlin
Berlin, Germany
By Amy Hume
28 Jul 2011

Cyno MC takes dance lessons from a local Hip Hop dance teacher.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Transgenders (15 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
17 Feb 2011

Sometimes Lorena dances at the strip club with female dancers.

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Vampos
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
05 Feb 2011

Musician Vampos at Buzz Festival in Kampala.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Hoppy Benny
Gulu, Uganda
By Amy Hume
25 Jan 2011

Hoppy Benny, Luo-flow rapper from northern Uganda with cousins Michelle and Barack. Benny is the founder of Northern Uganda Hip Hop Culture, an association which unites rappers, graffiti artists, producers and dancers from the war torn North.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Mac Ten II
Jinja, Uganda
By Amy Hume
12 Jan 2011

End of the Weak Eastern region representative for MC Challenge competition, Mac Ten.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Mac Ten
Jinja, Uganda
By Amy Hume
12 Jan 2011

End of the Weak Eastern region 2011 MC Challenge representative, Mac Ten.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Supaman
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
03 Jan 2011

Hip Hop radio host from Mbale, Uganda.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Rock MC
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
03 Jan 2011

Rock MC from Lira, Uganda. Rock MC was the Northern region representative for the End of the Weak MC Challenge 2011 in Kampala.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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3 MCs
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
03 Jan 2011

Rock MC from Lira and DaFine and Kay Y from Mbarara, Uganda. Rock MC was the Northern region representative and DaFine the West rep for the End of the Weak MC Challenge 2011 in Kampala.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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"Hustla" video shoot
Kawempe, Uganda
By Amy Hume
30 Dec 2010

3RDi from Venice, CA shoots the video for Twiggy, a prominent female rapper from Uganda. In Kawempe, UG.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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"Hustla" video shoot
Kawempe, Uganda
By Amy Hume
30 Dec 2010

3RDi from Venice, CA shoots the video for Twiggy, a prominent female rapper from Uganda. With assistant David Sekamuno in Kawempe, UG

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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"Hustla" video shoot
Kawempe, Uganda
By Amy Hume
30 Dec 2010

3RDi from Venice, CA shoots the video for Twiggy, a prominent female rapper from Uganda. In Kawempe, UG

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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"Hustla" video shoot
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
30 Dec 2010

3RDi from Venice, CA shoots the video for Twiggy, a prominent female rapper from Uganda. At Club Rouge in Kampala.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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"Hustla" video shoot
Kawempe, Uganda
By Amy Hume
30 Dec 2010

3RDi from Venice, CA shoots the video for Twiggy, a prominent female rapper from Uganda. In Kawempe, UG

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Latif
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
28 Dec 2010

Clothing designer Latif in his studio in Kawempe, a suburb of Kampala.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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Painting "One Love" mural
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
27 Dec 2010

Tobin from Malibu and Latif from Kampala painting mural in Kawempe, Uganda.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.

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"One Love" mural painters
Kampala, Uganda
By Amy Hume
27 Dec 2010

Tobin from Malibu and Latif from Kampala painting mural in Kawempe, Uganda.

Hip Hop is a global phenomena that reaches nearly all corners of the Earth. Starting in the projects of NYC nearly 40 years ago, struggling youth from Mongolia to Rwanda use music as a weapon to express their situations, hopes, and dreams. Though Hip Hop culture is new to Uganda, it is becoming popular with people of all ages, but with the youth in particular. Hip Hop music is reaching the smallest of villages, as I witnessed in the war-torn area of Gulu. Access to music is free, which is an essential aspect of why Hip Hop is spreading like wildfire.
In 2009, End of the Weak (EOW), a collaboration of MCs, graffiti artists, break dancers and DJs that spans 17 countries, reached Uganda. All chapters of EOW are involved with community outreach, workshops for youth and exude positive influence in their communities through Hip Hop culture. The MC Challenge is a competition in each country wherein the winners gather at the World Finals, which are held in a different country each year. The MC Challenge is held in the central, eastern, western and northern regions of Uganda so that many different languages are represented in the competition. Winners of the MC Challenge are provided studio time, video production and photo shoots as a way to share and promote their music.