DURATION: 300 min
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 5 To 7
AGE: 12 To 20 years old
LEVEL OF TRUST: Medium
LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION: High
LEVEL OF LEVEL_OF_PREPARATION: No
INSTRUCTIONS: It is designed as a long-term workshop the goal of producing a music video and tackling a social topic in the process. If possible, try to include a locally well-known musician or rapper who can act as a role model and inspiration for the participants.
1. During your contact work on the street or at school, speak with young people about about their interests and what they are doing in terms of music, art, culture, lifestyle, social views, etc.
2. Invite them to make a music video as a group project together with a famous local rapper.
3. In the workshops, young people create their lyrics together, looking for good music to rap over; they practice their dance and create a script for the video.
4. Then they make the clip together with the rapper.
The contents and topics of the video should preferably address themes that relate to young people.
MATERIALS: You can certainly do it with a good radio/speaker or ghetto blaster and smartphone, but it is better if you have the following things:
1. A space to practice
2. Recording equipment, preferably of good quality
COMMENTS, TIPS & TRICKS: The activity gives young people and teenagers on the street an opportunity to participate in rap workshops that often lead to behavioral change.
Rap music has gradually taken hold of a very large part of youth culture. As such it exerts a great influence which isn't always positive, often portraying women as objects of lust, glorifying criminality, and promoting unattainable designer clothes.