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Genesis Hip Hop & Gospel


Sat 8 Nov 2014, 6:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents GENESIS – a sensational line up of young hip hop musicians and gospel singers from Shepparton and Melbourne – 6.30pm Saturday 8 November at Deakin’s Edge at Fed Sq. Genesis is the brainchild of Fostin Nshimirimana (The Movement), who for the past six months has been collaborating with some of the top emerging hip hop and gospel artists from Shepparton and Melbourne, uncovering diverse stories from some of their refugee backgrounds and generating new music and new connections between artists in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The night will feature gospel from the Citinorth Community Church Choir based in Melbourne’s western suburb Keilor East, and Young Ugees, a Shepparton hip hop duo Kenneth Bwihambi aka Kswag and Oliver Byamasu. Bwihambi is an 18 year old rapper/writer originally from Congo who arrived in Australia late 2007. Music and writing has always been a big part of his life; dancing came first then writing, and producing and performing music started after he was heavily inspired by musicians including Bob Marley, 2pac, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eazy- E, Biggie, Rich Rubin, Young guru and others.

“Music for me is not just a beat and words – it’s therapeutic for me to deal with my struggles and issues and it’s the only way I can tell my story and express myself.”
– Kenneth Bwihambi, one half of hip hop duo Young Ugees.

MASSIVE (previously known as Massive Hip Hop Choir) will also be performing on the night – a group who draw their power from the rich cultural diversity of young urban artists from Melbourne’s west. Bringing together original rap lyrics, lush three part harmonies and body percussion, MASSIVE has created a new genre of hip hop that is flavoured with old school hip hop, gospel, traditional cultural tunes and protest music. MASSIVE is a group of 14 young urban artists aged 19– 26yrs who identify as Cook Islander/ Niuean, Samoan, Lebanese/Tongan, Caribbean/North African, Filipino, Comoros islander/Tanzanian, English/Spanish, and Ugandan.

The Movement will finish the night, a group built by 10 young people from different countries with one thing in common, to make a change within the community through love and joy of entertainment. The Movement is created by youth leaders who write inspirational and motivational music and comprise singers, rappers, poets, producers and songwriters.