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J.U.i.C.E presents “Kampala Blackouts” by Ras G, Open Mike Eagle, and Mon MC (Free D/L)

Recorded in Kampala Uganda in May of 2012. Watch the mini-doc to get a peek into the creation of the project. Then stream or download the music for free!


The Kampala Blackouts EP was recorded over a two-week span in Kampala, Uganda in May of 2012. Featuring Los Angeles-based beatmaker and Brainfeeder recording artist, Ras G, and Los-Angeles-based Hellfyre Club recording artist, Open Mike Eagle, along with Ugandan rapper Mon MC, this project is the result of an international hip-hop exchange program between hip-hop non-profit J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy) and AGYA (Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association), an NGO in Kampala, Uganda. * this project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.


Track Listing

  1. Let it Go
  2. Can’t Hide
  3. Constant and Hopeful
  4. AGYA House
  5. The Good Guys

* All tracks produced by Ras G

* All tracks feature Open Mike Eagle and Mon MC + various MCs from Kampala, Uganda

* All tracks recorded in Kampala, Uganda by Samuel Bissaso at Blacksmith Records (Kampala, Uganda)

* All tracks are the property of J.U.i.C.E. and licensed for free download


Artist Bios


A veteran of countless cyphers and shows, Open Mike Eagle comes from the storied Los Angeles MC proving ground the Project Blowed. Also a J.U.i.C.E. alum, Open Mike has developed a professional recording and performing career with a bright future. Recently, Michael Eagle has traveled nationally and internationally while releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the last three years: his debut albumUnapologetic Art Rap (Mush Records) and the follow-up, Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes (Hellfyre Club).with the release of these two albums, Open Mike has launched onto the underground hip-hop scene in the states and beyond. With a unique flow and delivery, highly skilled word consturction, and the ability to consturct intelligent, but accessible rhyme schemes that cover topics other rappers dream about, Open Mike Eagle is set to take his career, and your perception, to new heights.


Ras G has been a fixture in the Los Angeles hip-hop scene since the early 1990’s.  Ras G’s unique production style uses spacey innovative rhythms, grimey drums, and sounds that create a his instantly recognizable sonic assault. Having toured the globe and released albums on several tastemaker labels, including Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Ras G is making an impact on the development of hip-hop globally through his many releases. His album Ghetto Sci-fi, produced under the moniker Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program, is an “an analysis of what came before us as told through sounds from the future” and exemplifies this proposed international exchange. Ras G looks forward to continuing his tradition of pushing the envelope to further hip-hop music as we know it.































































































Rapping for over ten years and performing at over 500 live shows, Simon Ssemwogerere aka Mon MC, is a 26-year old professional rap emcee from Kampala, Uganda. Rapping exclusively in his native tongue, Luganda, and infusing traditional African musicology into his style, Mon MC believes that rap music is the best way that he can educate the global community about issues facing people in Uganda. With songs likeIt’s Never Too Late To Fight AIDS, which was inspired by Mon MC’s mother who lost her battle with HIV/AIDS, Mon MC’s music is truly educational, uplifting and inspirational. Mon MC is the first Ugandan rap artist to have a music video featured on Black Entertainment Television (BET). In 2008, Mon MC was nominated for a Uganda Buzz Award for “Best Hip-Hop Single.” Mon MC is currently a guest lecturer on hip-hop performance and technique at the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) as part of the “Recording Our Dreams” Studio Project.

The international hip-hop exchange project had four distinct goals:

1) Exchange knowledge about the musical traditions of hip-hop, both its roots in African music and the unique styles of rapping and production born in Los Angeles, paying particular attention to similarities and differences in rhythm, melody, harmony, instrumentation and content.

2) Support the growth and development of hip-hop music in Uganda through artist-led workshops for emerging hip-hop artists in Uganda, which will cover hip-hop music production and rapping

3) Collaboratively produce works of art, culminating in the production of a 4-5 track project; and

4) Provide public benefit and experience of the arts through free distribution of the works



J.U.i.C.E. would like to thank everyone involved in making this project. Thank you to Divinity Motavu for making this happen. Shout out to Amaka Okechuwku for making the connection between J.U.i.C.E. and AGYA. To the Board at J.U.i.C.E.























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Each One Teach One Dance and Mentorship Program

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*is looking for youth 15-20 years old to enroll in an intensive hip-hop dance program. 

In this program, you will produce & perform in the 5th Annual  J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival

This program is FREE

Applications are DUE on June 2, 2012

to download application click here

About The FREE Dance Program

Each One Teach One is a summer youth mentorship program founded by Emiko Sugiyama and 501c3 non-profit organization J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting Creative Energy).  The program will put together a team of emerging dancers to get trained in choreography and event production. Guest instructors in both dance and event production will be invited to teach workshops throughout the program. Dancers will prepare for their performance while learning the ins and outs of event production, including auditions, contracts, online and street marketing and promotion, and sound and lighting. At the culmination of this program, dancers will perform on stage at the world-famous Ford Amphitheater. 

Program goals: 

Build knowledge in both dance and major dance event production

Build Technical skills in dance such as poppin', lockin, capoeira, choreo, breakin', and more; build technical skills in event production

Build relationships with peers and mentors

Provide access to professional networks and opportunities 

Showcase work publicly at The Fifth Annual J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival on Saturday Sep. 22, 2012.

Workshop Schedule:

Days: Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30PM ~ 6:30PM

Total weeks: 15 weeks total (June 6th- Sep. 26th)

 Performance prep: Tech rehearsal on Sep. 19th, dress rehearsal on Sep. 20th, and performance on Sep. 22 at the Ford Amphitheater.

Where: Asian Pacific Healthcare Venture's meeting room.  (1530 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027)

Program Instructor and Coordinator

Emiko Sugiyama will direct this program and guide the participants to deepen their understanding of dance theater production, event marketing, choreography, and the performing arts.

Emiko has performed with numerous dance companies and in countless festivals all across the United States and internationally. She has been invited to teach, compete and judge competitions all over the world. She was featured as the cover girl for We B*girls, a hardcover book by world renowned photojournalist Martha Cooper, documenting extraordinary women in Hip-Hop. Emiko also has extensive experience producing events, festivals and programs, including last year’s JHHDF, the “Bgirl Challenge,” a ten week intensive breakdance training session geared toward boosting the confidence and skills of emerging female dancers and “Hip Hop Island” a youth summer camp to introduce at-risk youth to the positive artistic elements of the hip hop culture.

Her dance and choreography credits: Sacramento Kings (NBA and WNBA) half time show, Breakestra Music Video “Get Your Soul Together,” Warp Tour in Las Vegas, Thalia feat. Fat Joe “I want you,” Lipton tour 2003 on ABC Good Morning America. KRS One Warren G & Lil Ai Music video, NIKE Town in store commercial. Emiko will be the Producer of the J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival and primary instructor of the dance students in the intensive dance program leading up to the festival 

What we are looking for:

JHHDF is looking for twelve dancers age between 15 to 20 years old who have some experience in any style of Hip Hop Dance (breakin', poppin', lockin', etc.) We are looking for participants who aspire to pursue a professional career as a dancer/artist and are searching for an opportunity to learn the skills to choreograph, perform, produce a dance show and events.


The participants must be between 15 to 20 years old. If you are under 18 years old you must turn in your guardian's permission with the application. 

You must be comfortable dancing in at least one style of Hip Hop dance 

All participants must be available for all the weekly classes from 4:30PM ~ 6:30PM on Wednesday and Friday starting on June 6th Wednesday, tech rehearsal on Sep. 19th, dress rehearsal on Sep. 20th, and performance on Sep. 22nd. 

It is each participant's responsibility to provide transportation to attend weekly classes. 

The participants are required to join street marketing team to promote the festival.


To download the submission form click here  

Applications must include:

Completed application form

Guardian's permission form if you are under 18 year-old


Applications materials must be RECEIVED by Saturday June 2st, 2012. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 4th. Please drop off at MacAurther Park session on Saturday or mail applications to:

J.U.I.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival  

Attn: Emiko Sugiyama

2209 N. Boradway #B

Los Angeles, CA 90031


Contact Emiko Sugiyama: emikojhhdf@gmail.com

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5th Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival – Call For Work

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Hip Hop Dance Festival
Deadline for submission:June 1st, 2012
The J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival is an annual showcase of cutting-edge street dance theater choreography and hip hop culture produced by Emiko Sugiyama and J.U.i.C.E. at the outdoor, 1241-seat Ford Amphitheatre. It will take place on Sat. Sep. 22nd, 2012.
JHHDF unites the rhythmic virtuosity and extreme physicality of street dance to “expand [hip hop’s] creative horizons” (Lewis Segal, L.A. Times).  Producer / Artistic Director Emiko Sugiyama brings LA’s freshest street dance choreographers to the stage to celebrate and to reinvent hip hop culture. 
JHHDF is looking for street dance-based choreography that captures the essence of the hip hop and pushes the boundaries of creativity. We highly encourage the submission of multi-media performances that overlap street dance with live music, visual art, poetry, and theatre. Proposals should address how the artist plans to creatively take advantage of the particular features of the unique, bi-level, outdoor Ford Amphitheatre stage. Pieces should be between 5 – 8 minutes long.
For a map of the Ford Amphitheatre stage go to: www.FordAmphitheater.com Click on the “Rent and Tech” menu, select “Tech info”, then click on Ford 2009 REP PLOT and scroll down to view the stage map.
All performers must be available for tech rehearsal on Sep. 19th and Dress rehearsal on Sep. 20th.  Music for each piece, as well as backdrop and projected artwork must be submitted to J.U.I.C.E one month before the show. Performers must have the rights to the music and images they provide. Performers must also provide bios and photos for JHHDF marketing materials.
Each selected performing group will receive a stipend to be determined based on the number of performers, particular needs of the piece, and festival budget.  Performing groups will be listed in the press release, radio announcements, and J.U.i.C.E. website.
To download the submission form www.RampartJuice.com
Applications must include
  • Completed submission form
  • Resumé
  • Photo of the performers
  • DVD / youtube link of the finished dance piece, or performance. (the piece you submit will be the piece you are going to present at JHHDF. Please don’t send us sample work.) We are not returning DVD after our review.
Applications materials must be RECEIVED by Friday June 1st, 2012.  Applicants will be notified of decisions second week of June by email.  Please mail applications to:
J.U.I.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival    Or  email all the materials to emikojhhdf@gmail.com
Attn: Emiko Sugiyama
2209 N. Boradway #B
Los Angeles, CA 90031
QUESTIONS? Contact Emiko Sugiyama: emikojhhdf@gmail.com
JUiCE Los Angeles Hip-Hop - Open Mike Eagle - Ras G

JUICE Presents WARHORN Featuring Ras G & Open Mike Eagle

Live version of "Warhorn" by Ras G and Open Mike Eagle /////// Check out how you can support the completion of their project, to be recorded in Kampala, Uganda in May 2012 here: //////http://www.stayclassy.org/events/juice-intl-hip-hop-artist-exchange-w/agya-ug… ///////

** FREE DOWNLOAD of WARHORN HERE: http://soundcloud.com/open-mike-eagle/ras-g-open-mike-eagle-warhorn **

The Project

J.U.i.C.E., a non-profit hip-hop arts organization in Los Angeles (www.rampartjuice.com), is proud to announce that we are partnering with Amagezi Germanyi Youth Association (AGYA) on an international hip-hop artist exchange program that will bring Los Angeles-based MC Open Mike Eagle, and Los Angeles-based beatmaker and Brainfeeder recording artist, Ras G, to work with Ugandan rapper Mon MC, youth artists, and other local musicians in Uganda for three weeks in May of 2012. 

For more info on AGYA: amagezigemaanyi.blogspot.com/

JUiCE Hip-Hop Dance Festival

5th Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Dance Festival


Sept. 22, 2012

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