Renzo Piano’s archive in Genoa houses the great architect’s projects. It brings young people closer to creative work, which he equates to “looking into darkness without fear”.
Hip hop for hope with Poppin’ Chris. Helping street kids dance their way to change
We speak to Chris Hirwa, known as Poppin’ Chris, the Rwandese hip hop dancer who uses his art to improve the lives of orphans and street kids.
Chris Hirwa is an Afro-poppin’ specialist, in other words he brings an Afro touch to the popping dance, a street dance based on fast muscle contractions that cause jerks called pops in the body. He isn’t only an incredible dancer, he is one who fighs for a cause. Using the power of hip hop to encourage positive change amongst youth, through dance he helps the most disadvantaged kids get out of the vicious cycles they are living in, taking them off the streets and away from prostitution and drugs.
“Becoming a professional dancer isn’t easy”, Poppin’ Chris says, “it requires intensive practice, so many give up”. Opportunities are also scarce. In fact, starting off wasn’t easy for Hirwa: in the beginning of his career he often performed for free just to get his name known.
Times have changed though. These days Poppin’ Chris and Krest Crew, the crew he founded in 2011, have a good local following, perform at events and have their video clips shown on TV. However, there is still work to be done because “the first rule for a hip hop dancer is to be perfect!”, according to Hirwa.
He will fight hard to put hip hop on Rwanda’s map, and put his country on the hip hop one. He dreams of touring the world to develop his creative skills and, especially, show that Rwanda is home to incredible talent and creativity. Let’s share this and other inspiring stories coming out of Africa using the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.
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There’s no room for anger, resignation, or desire for revenge in this playlist. There’s just the moral obligation of retracing and telling the stories that can’t go lost and forgotten all over again. We do so through music.
Le canzoni più belle del 2017 secondo LifeGate Radio. Con questa playlist lanciamo la nostra collaborazione con Spotify Italia che vi farà ascoltare la musica migliore, selezionata.
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