If your rapping skills are out of this world and you have been waiting for your turn to shine, it’s finally here ladies and gentlemen.
Kenyan rapper Kennedy Ombima, better known as King Kaka, has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to give you a platform where you can showcase your talent.
The contest dubbed #16BarsForPeace will kick off on Monday, September 21 which is International Peace Day and end on October 26 when the winners will be announced. To participate, follow these simple steps:
- Jump off. The contest starts on International Peace Day, Monday, September 21.
- Follow @USAIDKenya and @RabbittheKing on Facebook and Twitter to get the link to the free exclusive beat and get more info.
- Download the free exclusive beat.
- Write your lyrics on peace.
- Record a simple video with your phone performing your original rap on peace (one verse only) over the #16BarsforPeace beat.
- Upload your video on your personal Facebook and Twitter page using the hashtag #16BarsforPeace.
- Elevate. The judges will pick the hottest videos and share on our social media pages.
The winner of the rap battle will walk away with KSh35,000, feature on the #16BarsforPeace anthem produced by Kaka Empire, get radio play and interview + cool merchandise.
The first prize winner will split ownership and publishing rights with Kaka Empire and grant exclusive licensing rights to USAID implementing partner, Management Systems International.
The first runners up will get KSh25,000+ one hour of studio time, one-on-one virtual Hip-Hop/business mentorship session with King Kaka and management team plus cool merchandise.
The second runners up will receive KSh10,000 and cool merchandise while selected winners will receive #16BarsforPeace T-shirts or hoodies.
The contest is open to everyone. However, only Kenyan citizens up to 35 years old are eligible to win. If one is under 18 years old, they should get get their parents or guardians permission.
The judges will be looking at things like lyrics related to peace, originality and delivery when they are sifting through the submissions. However, contestants will not be judged based on the quality of their videos.
To be considered, one should ensure that sure their rap is; clean with no foul, sexual, violent, negative ethnic or political lyrics, is original and written by themselves for the purposes of the competition, is in English, Kiswahili or Sheng.
The contestants should also mention peace and what it means to and use the free exclusive beat that will be shared on @USAIDKenya and @RabbitTheKing on Facebook and Twitter.