THISABILITY Newspaper will be travelling to the major cities of South Africa( Durban, Cape Town, PE/EL & JHB/Pretoria ) to profile the different voices of creatives with disabilities to give a multimedia reflection of the challenges they face with a view of introducing platforms of engagement and socio-economic empowerment.
Leroy Moore, the founder of Krip-Hop Nation (a platform that educates the music industry, media industries and general public about the talents, history, rights and marketability of musicians with disabilities.) has been connecting with disabled artists/musicians/activists in Africa through the internet for the last five years.. After years of communicating on social networks like Facebook, it is time to meet face to face, through the trip to South Africa.
Simon Manda, has collaborated with Krip-Hop Nation for two years to highlight disabled artists/musicians and now will partner with Leroy to travel around South Africa meeting South African musicians/poets/journalists and writers face to face sharing stories, collecting their art and writings for the book and their music to play on radio station in the US.
Up to today, there hasn’t been an anthology of disabled artists/writers in the US displaying the talents, struggles and history of disabled people. People with disabilities live in poverty due to lack of opportunities. There is lack of awareness of the rich talents and bond creatives with disabilities.
In South Africa, Kobus Moolman in 2002 edited an anthology titled “Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry, Prose and Art by South African Writers with Disabilities” and although in the last five years in the US, people have seen more and more disabled writers getting published - there was no awareness of Moolman’s work.
There’s a lot of wisdom and ideas in the communities Krip Hop Nation represents. But these ideas are not shared and applied. That’s what Leroy’s trip (and the book) aim to achieve. Simon and Leroy will be observing, listening, documenting and collaborating with others in Africa and in America to help connect and expand visibility, voices, common bonds and differences with others in a book format. This project is an opportunity to bring out the needed communication between the disabiled community in the US & Africa and to build on our talents onto an international stage that Leroy hopes would lead to more collaborations .
The tour will release a book and host talent showcases and forums in order to a Database of Artists/Creatives with disabilities with site visitation (arts/creative industry projects on the ground), profiling and Interviews.
Fund raising in order to meet the projects requirement of
• Audio Visual Components (Videography, Photography, Sound and Screens)
• Hospitality Components (Accommodation, Transport and Refreshments)
• Facilitators (Arts Practitioners)
• Video Editing/Compiling
• Book Publishing
• Media and Publicity(Radio, TV, Internet (Social Media and Newspapers)
Parteners will benefit in the following ways:
• Brand exposure, partnerships and alliances across international platforms
• An opportunity for Corporate Social Investment
• Media and publicity mention via media platforms
• Opportunity to support disability advocacy
• An opportunity to be part of legacy documentation
• Opportunity to engage CSO and disability initiatives for BEE score sheets
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