Sunday, 06 February 2022 16:22

South African Hip Hop Museum is back up and running.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

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Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has launched the South African Hip-Hop Museum, with the intention to preserve the hip-hop culture.

The museum was launched in partnership with the Ritual Media Group, Museum Africa and the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on Thursday at the Museum Africa, Newtown Precinct in Johannesburg.

"The newly refurbished state of the art facility will also serve as a museum and enabling environment to drive education and empowerment through workshops, film editing, and music recording services provided to the creatives," the Minister said.

The coronavirus pandemic has touched every country in the world. Its spread has left national economies and businesses counting the costs, as governments struggled with the new lockdown measures to tackle the spread of the virus. The creative fraternity was the hardest hit with many of our cultural workers unable to host mega events due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19," said Mthethwa.

He added that a bulk of the creative sector consist of youth, the youth being the future of the industry and our country broadly.

Situated inside Museum Africa, the first phase of the South African Hip Hop Museum was launched in 2019 with the aim of preserving, protecting, and promoting SA hip-hop history as well as to inspire young and emerging hip-hop enthusiasts.

The Minister was accompanied by Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mbali Hlophe, founder of Ritual Media Group, Osmic Menoe as well as local Hip Hop legends and pioneers.

In February 2020 the president championed the cause of youth unemployment through the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention through a number of other programmes which placed the issue of the youth unemployment at the centre of economic policy, economic stimulus and the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Programme (ERRP).

Amongst the funding sources for the Hip Hop Museum is from the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP), in the tune of R9 million. R2 million will be used to create 844 new job opportunities and the retention of 20 current staff members. The type of jobs that will be created will be for researchers and hip hop artists, between the ages of 18- 35," said Mthethwa.

He added that R7 million was allocated for rehabilitating the space and infrastructure investment facilitation which would host workshops and talks; and will also have a recording studio and editing studio facility.

The museum will also collaborate with different people from the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector who do outreach programmes and who also are interested in spreading knowledge.

Workshop co-ordinators included Neil Thurston with guest artists such as L-Tido, Amunishn, Damani Nkosi, and Dj Kenzhero.