Feature Friday: Abramz Tekya
Helloooooo! Hope everyone is having a lovely start to the Labor Day weekend! So, as promised, today is Feature Friday. This time it is a guy from Uganda by the name of Abramz (doesn’t his smile say so much about him already?). He is not just a rapper. In fact, there are many hats that he wears. He is a b-boy/breakdancer, community organizer, motivational speaker, and an all around agent for social change. He is all about educating, empowering, inspiring, and doing it in a way that still has entertainment value.
That is why I decided to choose him for this week’s featured artist. He gets it. He sees that music and words can be used as a tool to “move mountains”. Some people are putting stuff out there into the atmosphere that is just noise. It is a completely self-indulgent endeavor for them. But, more and more I have been coming across people like Abramz – a new breed of artist. This new breed sees the world the same way my hero, Martin Luther King Jr., saw it. Mr. King said, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” We are not real human beings, we are not real artists, if we are only breathing and creating for our own sake. That is such a small and meaningless existence. Before, we might have gotten away with that, felt ok about it. But now, with the immediate access to images and news from across the globe about the condition of humanity, we can no longer turn a blind eye. If we do, we do so at the cost of our own soul. So, I send a BIG cheers to Abramz and others like him who have stepped up to the plate!
I could say a lot more about Abramz and his work, but, I think it is best for him to speak for himself. Here is a video of an interview he did.
Also, he has a wonderful website with more information about his life, his work, and his music. Please, I encourage you to check it out and see if there might be a way to show your support or at least give a word of encouragement to him so that he might not lose momentum towards doing good things in this world. Also, check out his music on SoundCloud. It is in another language (Bantu, I believe), but you don’t need to understand the language to feel the music.
Currently, Abramz is head of an organization called Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) that uses breakdancing to promote social change (this was the organization mentioned in the video above). Also, he is working on a collaboration album with two other rap artists (one of them is a fellow SoundCloud Hero named Ben Z) that I have been asked to contribute to. It is going to be used for the purpose of inspiring and motivating youth. It is in the very early stages right now, but, as the project progresses, I will definitely post updates on it. So, be on the look out!
That is all for today! Give Abramz a shout out, show your support, and may his work inspire you to think about how you can use your talents to promote change!