OXFAM Australia – The Hip Hop Approach

You may ask – “Why is Oxfam Australia mucking around with Hip Hop music?”. Well, hip hop is an obviously diverse culture, and what we’ve found is that:

  • Hip Hop is an inherently political and vocal culture. It is an innovative culture that couples respect with a progressive outlook on social life and politics.
  • Hip hop is ground-breaking, boundary-pushing and is not afraid to ask the big questions or to suggest the alternatives.
  • Hip hop has a long history as an inspirational force within disadvantaged urban environments. It talks to the people, and is created by the people.
  • Aussie Hip Hop maintains a close relationship with community and people power. It is conscious music.

So when Oxfam wanted to hold an event that raised awareness of social justice issues, Sydney’s hip hop community are the people we turned to.

The Hip Hop Approach was conceived with help from Sydney’s hip hop community, to bring people together, to impassion people through the powerful mediums of music and visual art.
When you rock up at The Hip Hop Approach, you’ll experience high class Aussie musicians The Tongue, Thundamentals, True Vibenation, and the dynamic duo of rhyming and art in the 11-piece act Sketch the Rhyme. All these guys acknowledge that its time to speak up about what we want from our Australian government in 2010. And in fact, they’ve been talking about it for a while.
Packed with socially conscious rhymes and high powered freestyle cyphers, this is a dynamic Aussie hop hop event promoting awareness of poverty in our world, and how our voices can change it.

The Event
As Australia gets revved up for an impending election, Oxfam and Sydney’s hip hop community are shouting out for social change.  On Wednesday 14 July, some of Sydney’s best hip hop musicians and visual artists will take over the Oxford Art Factory, infusing the airwaves with lyrical rhymes, funky beats, and art exploding from the Aussie hip hop scene. But this event is more than just hip hop heaven.
Oxfam Australia
believes that it’s time for a fresh approach to talking about poverty and social injustice. And the Hip Hop Approach is exactly that – a new spin on tackling the stuff that matters.

On the night, artists will rock up with something to say. Through their own unique form of expression, rappers, DJs, vocalists, and sketch and mural artists will talk about the injustices they see around them, and the solutions that could lead to reducing poverty and inequality in our world.
This is not a fundraiser. It’s a forum for discussion. Whatever you feel aligned with, whether it be international aid, climate change, Indigenous rights, refugee policy – or something else right out of your backyard, this is an opportunity to vent views and ideas for a better world, while partying with some high-quality hip hop acts.

The Tongue
True Vibenation
Sketch the Rhyme
DJ Triptrix (West Labz)
with a special set by DJ Mailer Daemon
Featuring live painting by Oh Really Gallery artists Max Berry and Ears.

The Oxford Art Factory
38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
Click here for more about the OAF and how to get there.

14th July, 2010
Doors open at 7.15pm – til late.

The Damage

It’s FREE!

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