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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!

http://www.mediafire.com/?5envxeqxz95ub4u

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

http://mikeeagle.net/

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.

http://www.myspace.com/rasg

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.

http://www.reverbnation.com/monmc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUiCE Los Angeles Hip-Hop - Open Mike Eagle - Ras G

JUICE Presents WARHORN Featuring Ras G & Open Mike Eagle

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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/

Ras G, Open Mike Eagle, Mon MC - JUiCE In Uganda

J.U.i.C.E. International Hip-Hop Exchange 2012: Kampala, Uganda

The Project
J.U.i.C.E. 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 and Hellfyre Club recording artist, 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.

Project 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 CD; and

4) Provide public benefit and experience of the arts through a live performance for the general public at the Ugandan National Theater in Kampala, Uganda, through a low-cost exhibition, a panel discussion for Los Angeles residents upon return to Los Angeles, and through free online distribution of the culminating musical works.

The Organizations
J.U.i.C.E. is a non-profit hip-hop organization and collective. Through 10 years of weekly sessions and events J.U.i.C.E. has worked to support hip-hop to flourish as a form of self expression and self-empowerment for all people, with a special focus on at-risk youth and those who may otherwise turn to negative alternatives . Through MCing, Breking, DJing, Music Production and Graffiti, J.U.I.C.E. has provided a space to prrserve for hip-hop culture while supporting it to continuously grow and change.

The Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA, a non-profit organization committed to creating safe, supportive, sustainable learning environment where youth can develop leadership skills and express themselves creatively. AGYA serves youth with limited opportunities and resources in some of the most populated urban slum communities in Uganda.

Project Budget
The total project cost is just under $18,000 and covers travel, room and board, equipment, stipends, and other items necessary for the trip. J.U.i.C.E. and AGYA have received partial funding of $8,000 from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Exchange International (CEI) Fellowship Program.  While we are grateful to be among the recipients of the prestigious CEI fellowship grant, we still need to raise an additional $10,000 USD in order to make the project a success. We are using the online fundraising platform, StayClassy to raise $7,000 of the funds by April 30, 2012.

Donate to this project by clicking the DONATE NOW button at the top of this page! We encourage supporters to make a donation online or create your very own personal fundraising page with a minimum goal of $250.

If you can’t make a donation at this point, help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter!
Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our fundraising  page!

As the project launch approaches, we will be posting additional updates and details on the AGYA Blog, Facebook, and Twitter! Stay
tuned!

Thanks so much for your generosity!

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Artist Bios

Open Mike Eagle

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 album Unapologetic 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. Qith 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

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.

Mon MC

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 like It’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.