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Vancouver Mobilizes Hip-Hop for Peace on Sept. 15-16 (Part 2) [News]


Vancouver, BC – “Hip-Hop For Peace” – We’ve been sharing artist views on how peace can be an element of hip-hop, and at the most appropriate time, too – Mobilization Against War and Occupation is holding the eighth annual Hip-Hop 4 Peace Festival and HipHopCanada has signed on as a press sponsor for this worthy event. So check Part 1, check the video, and internalize the ideas that these passionate artists are putting forward after the jump.

News: Vancouver Mobilizes Hip-Hop for Peace on Sept. 15-16 (Part 1) -

Babaluku Free Nation

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Babaluku Free Nation | Photo: RDM Photography

“Hip-hop at its essence is to deeply presence the essence of what it means to know oneself – and to know oneself is to open to the vastness of who we are and then move our unique self in servitude to others. Hip-hop is a profound practice that teaches us to move into full adulthood with an embodied capacity to ride the waves of life with no preference for changing them but to embrace them with exuberant energy, with patience, with ethics and with the wisdom that enables us to feel fully alive and open with unbounded compassion regardless of any external circumstance and in the non preferential space everything changes. Peace flows when we move with no attachment to changing anything other than opening to what is REAL. THIS IS THAT INDIGENOUS TRUTH AT THE CORE OF PEACE BUILDING FOR ALL HUMANITY.”

Speeches Beyond


“Real Hip Hop means Helping Individual People Help Other People. H.I.P. H.O.P. which I believe is the only tool for communicating the message of peace so effectively.”

Fatty Down


“Having the ability to seed positivity through music and watch it grow is the most powerful energy any artist will ever experience, the artist to listener to life connection is untouchable and undeniable!”

Lisa Monchalin


“Hip hop provides and encourages a peaceful release of emotions. It serves as a platform for creative expression, stimulating passions, and providing a channel for peaceful self-expression in the face of adversity. The ingenuity hip hop releases becomes an inexorable force.”

DJ A-Slam


“The arts in themselves are a vehicle for peace. They allow us to share stories, similarities, and differences, but most importantly remind us of our humanity.”

Discreet Da Chosen 1


“Peace is an element in hip hop” because its a: healthy non violent form of expression that can transform negatives into positives, and spread a message of love. That’s why we say peace out!!!”

News: Vancouver Mobilizes Hip-Hop for Peace (Part 1) -

News: Vancouver Mobilizes Hip-Hop for Peace (Part 1) -

Babaluku Free Nation photo by RDM Photography

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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

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    Babaluku Free Nation photo credit RDM Photography

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