If Hip-Hop has the ability to corrupt young minds, it also has the ability to uplift them! - KRS ONE
Hip Hop relies as ever on his five columns. It is still played, rapped, danced, tagged – and hotly debated.
But instead of that we focus only on the skills Hip Hop gives us, we want to remind ourselves how much our own steps characterize the Hip Hop community. Hip hop is not just music, style and prestige. It gives us meaning. Saves us. Makes life worth living. Gives us friends for life. Makes us a community, a culture.
Hip Hop is not ME. Hip Hop is WE.
It is there for you when you need it. Stop taking advantage of it, to give it false name, to glorify it, to insult it. Internalize its motives. Find out what it has to give you. And then give it to where others need it and be there where others need YOU.
Our international team is a carefully selected group of passionate people with high social competence, educational skills, strong motivation and a big heart for children. Our team incorporates some of the greatest dancers in Hip Hop history known world wide known for their high level of skills and achievements. Our team will kindle the fire of motivation inside the kids soul like they did it with many other people in the past. The kids will have the opportunity to learn and get inspired directly by some of the greatest dance instructors of our time. Many of our dancers grew up experiencing gang violence, consuming drugs and really know how it feels to fall into living a negative lifestyle but also know how to turn their lives around into something positive! They have a unique ability to connect with the youth because they can share their stories with the kids and tell them how dance and Hip Hop has saved their life from prison or death and instead given them hope, pride and a chance to make their lives better!.
We are proud of our team! This is a strong world Hip Hop alliance with people from different countries, cultures and religions working together to help the kids in the slums of Manila, Philippines!
Founder / CEO / Director
Steve is the founder of the Hip Hop 4 Hope project and the main force to keep the project growing. He is studying to be a director for documentary films at the globally known Film academy Baden Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg and he is also the founder of KAIZENPICTURES. His compassion for the children in Manila and his drive to fight injustice makes him a perfect leader for this project.
Deborah is the Co- project leader of Hip Hop 4 Hope and is together with Steve responsible for the whole planning of the project. She is studying to become an elementary school teacher with emphases on equality in education and migration in Ludwigsburg, Germany. As a Hip Hop dancer and a pedagogical staff member she has already been leading and motivating groups of children, refugees and dancers.
Lead Training and Workshop Manager
Jimmy has his roots in Vietnam and has been active in the BBoy scene for many years. He has already been part of many professional projects in one of which he was dancing for the worldwide famous “Cirque du Soleil”. In Freiburg he mainly teaches children and teenagers in his own breaking school BreakClassix. Jimmy is especially known for his appreciating and determined teaching style.
Dancer (Hip Hop – New Style)
Niako is one of the most successful and popular Hip Hop-dancers worldwide at the time. He became world champion in 2008 at the Juste Debout. Niako supports himself through dancing and through teaching it to children, teenagers and grown-ups all over the world. The love he has for Hip Hop and Asia and his passion for the work with children makes him a perfect member of our project.
Dancer (Hip Hop – New Style)
Mufasa has been taking the international hip hop scene by storm in recent years.
Mufasa’s strong foundation and unique flavour make her stand out and bring a battle to life. Her musicality is impeccable and her energy keeps opponents guessing. Her strong motivation to helping kids with dance makes her fit perfectly into our project.
Laila has been working internationally as an actress for many years, which helped her gain important experiences in pedagogical fields. She has been teaching groups of children in acting and dancing for years. Also she took a big journey in 2012/2013 with the assets of only 2000 Euro with which she traveled around the world. During her travels she got in touch with many foreign cultures.
Consultant for Children Aid Work
Christian is the founder of the funding agency Onesimo which is based in Manila. He and his family have lived in the slums of Manila for over twelve years and experienced the suffering of the people there to then provide the best possible support. Onesimo helps children and young adults to find a way out of the everyday life of hopeless workings and criminal activities to find a bigger meaning in life.
Administrative Assistant Philippines
Anne is our administrative assistant in Philippines. She is managing the local parts of the project who needs to be organised in Manila, Philippines like organizing the weekly dance classes for the kids in different slum areas. She also managing our email communication. Without her help in Manila, nothing would work. Being a B-girl, Anne will be a big help to us.
Julius studies Film at the University of Mainz. He keeps standing out at the film platform Vimeo through his appealing short films. He as already traveled through many Asian countries such as the Philippines and would never pass up an adventure. He supports our film team as the cameraman for the production of the documentary.
What about us? How was the project created?, Well….(myself) Steve Won and Deborah Joos, began as a simple backpackers travelling in the Philippines, we developed a great love for the country and its people. During this time we both agreed that we were not allowed to only consume this amazing, colorful country, but we felt it necessary to also the help locals and give something back. The idea for the Hip Hop 4 Hope project came to us in a park in Bogo, Cebu, where we spent an afternoon together, hip hop dancing with local children, these children moved with an incredible passion for music and in that moment the troubles of their world seemed to be forgotten.
It seemed to us travelers, as if the Hip Hop groove has found in this country its home. Since we are dancers ourselves and previously have had a lot of experience working with young people in deprived neighborhoods, we immediately knew how much positive impact Hip Hop and its culture could cause for children whose everyday lives are often accompanied by negative influences. We saw the fire as already starting and that with a bit of hard work that we could affect a huge positive change for people.
Our love for Hip Hop Culture is really deep, our urge to fight against the world’s injustices and show this to other people, gives us hope, confidence and inspires perseverance to make this project successful. We aim to continue to breathe life to Hip Hop 4 Hope, to realize the aims and to guarantee its continued existence, we have a carefully selected team of dedicated dancers and social workers behind us and we feel like we are pushing forward to effect positive social change! Almost everyday our newly added supporters increase the chances of the project’s success, providing Filipino children and young people in Manila the access and the opportunity to dance.
The Hip Hop 4 Hope team with its supporters worldwide, are going to write Hip Hop history in 2015!