Dandora Hip-Hop City (DHC) is set to hold Kenya’s first hip-hop marathon from Saturday to Sunday
Dandora Hip-Hop City (DHC) is set to hold Kenya’s first hip-hop marathon running from Saturday 29th September from 5:00 PM to Sunday 30th September 5:00 PM at the Kenya National Archives grounds.
The marathon is an effort by DHC to nurture young musical talent while using music as a catalyst for social change. The event that will feature some of the big names in Kenya’s hip-hop scene including Juliani, Cypher and several underground artists, will run non-stop for 24 hours.
DHC is a vibrant Community Based Organization in the heart of Eastlands. It is a transformational space that provides an avenue for youth and women who desire to be equipped, grow and network in the arts, tech and entrepreneurship.
DHC Founder Mr Julius Owino alias Juliani said that the hip-hop marathon offers the first ever social entrepreneurship approach for young and upcoming artists’ personal development. Subsequently, this leads to their overall career growth and the development of their brand from an entrepreneurial angle.
DHC is a transformational space that provides an avenue for youth and women who desire to be equipped, grow and network in the arts, tech and entrepreneurship.
“We are happy about the upcoming marathon. We grew up in the ghetto and found a voice in hip-hop. I believe this platform is ideal for upcoming artists to showcase their talent as they kick-start their music career,” Mr Juliani said.
Over 130 artists have registered to participate in the event, with each artist performing for at least 10 minutes without breaking the continuous chain of rap and other genres. The team will also include, acoustics, spoken word, drummers, musicians, acrobats, and DJs who will sustain the chain for 24-hours straight.
Juliani added, “Investing in an artist’s personal development, eventually leads to their overall career growth and the development of their brand.”
The event will also raise funds to hold various workshops for the artists as a way of integrating them into social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the industry.
As a build-up to the marathon, the artists will attend a full day capacity building workshop and a clean-up exercise dubbed Safisha Jiji, in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers; an initiative to build Sustainability Champions.