Hip Hop event about climate change

2019-07-31 06:01
Jive Media Africa will be using hip hop to advocate for climate change during a performance next Friday. Their efforts are part of National Science Week. Pictured are Nico Mkhohlwa and Laila Hansrod. PHOTO: moeketsi mamane

Jive Media Africa will be using hip hop to advocate for climate change during a performance next Friday. Their efforts are part of National Science Week. Pictured are Nico Mkhohlwa and Laila Hansrod. PHOTO: moeketsi mamane

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LOCAL organisation Jive Media Africa will advocate for climate change awareness using hip hop performances as part of next week’s National Science Week.

The organisation will host a performance at the St John’s Diocesan School for Girls hall next Friday, and will before that hold a peaceful protest about climate change outside the Tatham Art Gallery.

Pupils from St John’s, Maritzburg College and Slangspruit Primary School will take part in the performance.

Laila Hansrod, a project manager at Jive Media Africa, explained that the performance will involve hip hop songs that teach the audience about climate change.

“We have co-ordinated this project. The pupils have been able to meet climate change experts to get an idea of what it’s about, and they used that to create songs,” said Hansrod.

“Then they put together beats and a chorus, and worked on choreography.”

Hansrod said Jive Media Africa usually prints and distributes educational newspapers about science to schools for Science Week.

“We pitched this new idea to the Department of Science and Technology and they were excited about its uniqueness. We’re hoping to give people as much education about climate change as possible.

You can see we’ve not really had a winter this year, and people need to understand the realities of climate change. It’s not only something for academics to understand,” she said.

“Climate change not just a sexy word; people need to be part of the conversation about it.”

She said Jive Media Africa was excited about being given the opportunity to host an event for National Science Week. They join the KZN Museum as local organisations hosting events for the week.

The public will pay R20 for a ticket for the show.

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