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AVA Hip Hop Festival-Celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop; Theme: “Unifying Our Culture”…
Save the dates to the second Edition of our moving festival on 15th-21st May 2023 (International Hip Hop Appreciation Week) as we celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop culture worldwide bringing our close and distant relatives on 7 days journey to the intangible cultural heritage across 4 regions in Uganda.

With over 300 local and international artists and culturalists, 5 elements of Hip Hop, and traditional cultural expressions, Authentic Voices Africa brings you a unique approach and experience to our indigenous culture as continue to affirm our ancestral assignment to Share Knowledge, preserve culture, Celebrate our Voices, reconnect to our roots and reclaim our identity.

Artists in residence

2 weeks residency program that brings together artists (musicians, rappers, poets, story tellers, producers, beat makers and filmmakers) both traditional & urban from across Africa & diaspora in Kampala, Uganda


To provide an authentic experience that explores new approaches to artistic, mental health, social,
environmental, economic and inclusion issues with a focus on the struggles and challenges that
surround our communities through partnerships and collaborations.


Meet the founder

Ras Benard Benzima

Founder/Exectuive Director

Meet More of the team

Kalibansenye Emmanuel

Finance and Programs Manager

Nambarilwa Joana Aka Bgirl Jojo

Programs Coordinator

Dir. Morgan Sjd

Productions manager

Odomoch Brenda

Project Coordinator (Artists In Residence)

Meet Advisor team

Rev. Dr. Richard D. Reeves

Chief Advisor and consultant


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