The Jukeboxx Movement in India: From Surviving to Thriving
The Jukeboxx Movement in India: From Surviving to Thriving
The Jukeboxx Movement will partner with the Hip Hop community in India to empower survivors of gender-based violence.
The Jukeboxx Movement will partner with the Hip Hop community in India to empower survivors of gender-based violence. Read more
We need your help to send The Jukeboxx Movement, an international collective of artists and gender equality activists, to India.
The Jukeboxx Movement is an ongoing collaboration between U.S. artists/activists and Indian artists, NGOs, activists and community members. We seek to create and sustain safe spaces for survivors of gender-based violence, in order to foster healthy self-expression and regain bodily autonomy through creative movement.
Next year, our team of artists and activists will rally the global hip hop community in five cities across India, where we will explore the uses of hip hop culture to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender-based violence.
We need your help to send our team to India. We are asking our Kickstarter backers to help us raise $25,000. Your donations will go directly toward travel and lodging for our team, and to support the programs and events in India.
The Jukeboxx Movement will work with the hip hop community in Kolkata for 11 weeks to introduce the Survivors Keeper program.
Survivors affiliated with New Light, a Kolkata-based non-profit organization promoting gender equality, will participate in special workshops designed to enhance the healing process of victims of gender-based violence. These workshops will introduce new strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with the psychological effects of gender-based violence, while using hip hop as a platform of resistance.
Hip hop artists will attend weekly workshops to become rape crisis victim advocates, exploring the performance of social activism and artist collaboration with team members.
In addition to launching the Survivors Keeper program in Kolkata, the Jukeboxx Movement team will travel to several locations around India to collaborate with local non-profit organizations, artists, and activists.
These collaborative projects will include:
- Working with The Jungle Music School, whose mission is to promote the education and well-being of disadvantaged rural and tribal children through the instruction and practice of Yoga and Baul fusion music in West Bengal.
- Offering workshops and seminars throughout our tour on the following topics: hip hop and Baul fusion music for beginners; organic beat-making workshops and technique classes; mini-academies for experienced hip hop artists; seminars on graffiti/visual art; hip hop feminism’s connection with Dalit feminisms; history of hip hop and hip hop dance; and introduction to the martial art and music of Capoeira.
Tentative Project Timeline
Part 1: Survivors Keeper Program Schedule, Kolkata
- May-July 2017 (11 weeks)
- Introduction of The Jukeboxx Movement and the Survivors Keeper Program
Part 2: India Tour Schedule
- August-September 2017
- 1st Week (8/1-8/6) - Mumbai, Maharastra
- 2nd Week (8/7-8/13) - New Delhi
- 3rd Week (8/14-8/20) - Patna, Bihar
- 4th Week (8/21-8/27) - Bangalore, Karnataka
- 5th Week (8/28- 9/03) - Kolkata - Community unveiling and celebration of the Survivors Keeper Program
- September 7th - Team members back to US for tour
Our project will conclude in a week-long campaign including a benefit concert and candlelight vigil leading to a graffiti monument dedicated to rape survivors in India.
Upon returning to the U.S., the project will culminate in a U.S. tour, a compilation album, and a feature length documentary film exploring the use of hip hop and Baul arts to combat gender-based violence.
Who We Are
Project Director Ansley Jones
Ansley Jones aka Jukeboxx is a full-time multidisciplinary artist, dance scholar, official U.S. Cultural Ambassador, hip hop feminist, and women’s rights activist. Jones traveled to India (May 2014) with the Next Level Exchange Program, an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to teach peace and conflict resolution through hip hop culture. Recently Jones was invited a second time to India as a U.S. cultural ambassador in residence with Cultural Vistas and the U.S. State Department.
Jones travels, performs, and lectures on sexism, misogyny and violence in hip hop culture and teaches workshops focusing on healing sexual assault/domestic violence through dance. She is an active leader in the community, volunteering for organizations such as P.A.C.E. School for Girls and The Oasis Center for Women and Girls.
Jones and her work have been featured in numerous media outlets. Some highlights include:
- Rogue Agent Online Magazine, issue 13-14: "Phases of Recovery"
- Kolkata Konnector: Interview with Ansley Jones
- Curators of Hip Hop: "More than a mixtape: An awareness delivered through hip hop with a significant purpose"
- The Indian Minority: "Ansley Jones Heals Victims of Sexual Violence with Hip Hop Moves"
- Tallahassee Democrat: "Ansley Jones Breaks Through Dance Barriers"
- The Telegraph (Kolkata): "Hip-hop to spread social message"
The American Institute of Indian Studies
The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) is sponsoring this project and seeking additional funding for it. AIIS will award project director Ansley Jones with a Performing & Creative Arts Fellowship if this project is funded through the Kickstarter campaign. AIIS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and all donations to the campaign are tax deductible and will go directly towards funding The Jukeboxx Movement project.
Video: Aakash Mittal - Sounding the NightLearn how the AIIS performing and creative arts fellowship benefited this young artist.
Malabika Brahma is a wandering minstrel, soul searcher, creative artist, vocalist, music composer, and cultural diplomat based in India. She is the co-founder of the duo project BrahmaKhyapa where her music is a fusion of folk, blues and Indian classical music, influenced by Vedic Hinduism and Baul mystic minstrel tradition. She has worked in different musical projects across the world and has been a part of the much acclaimed International Cultural Exchange programs of U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, like One Beat and Next Level.
Sanjay Khyapa is a guitarist and music producer experimenting with Baul music since the 1990s. A Calcutta nomad for most of his life shifting to a tribal village in Bengal and leaving behind a trail of his music and a bit of his soul wherever he halts. Sanjay co-founded BrahmaKhyapa, an accomplished musical project jointly with creative artist and musician Malabika Brahma. He has collaborated with jazz, blues and hip hop musicians from around the world. His performances are unique due to the diverse use of musical instruments which include traditional Indian, folk and Western instruments.
Apart from being a diverse and critically acclaimed musician and yoga therapist, Sanjay is an inspiring teacher who enjoys spreading awareness of education through music and wellness of mind and body through The Jungle Music School, founded by him and his partner Malabika in a tribal village.
Neel Agrawal is a multi-percussionist incorporating various styles of world percussion into his own unique musical voice. Neel performs in a wide range of musical contexts, including fusion, Indian and Western classical, rock, electronic dance music, hip hop, film, and theatre. His performances throughout the United States include the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Concert and Community Celebration for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Lummis Day Festival. Neel recently toured throughout India on an arts grant from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, coordinated by Cultural Vistas. As a solo artist, Neel premiered his show "Borderlands" in Boston, MA, emphasizing community empowerment and social justice. He was previously the section leader of the Michigan State University Drumline, where he received two national awards from Percussive Arts Society.
Additionally, as the Global Law Librarian at the LA Law Library, Neel manages one of the world’s largest collections of foreign and international law. His current research focuses on international human rights as well as African drumming laws.
Fatimah White is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and expressive arts therapist living in Queens, New York. She holds an International Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Practice from UK Plymouth University's Berlin based MFA program known as Transart Institute. Her work evokes the powers that exist within the interconnectedness of light and time, exploring themes of storytelling, adornment, and indigenous astronomy. The roots of her creative practice are embedded in the individual patterns that evoke the innate human story. The purpose of her work is to reactivate agencies of change and empowerment. She has exhibited internationally in cities such as Berlin, New York and Brazil.
Dr. Frank Gunderson is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Florida State University, and Coordinator of the FSU Musicology area. He received a B.A. from the Evergreen State College (WA), and an M.A. in World Music and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University (CT). He has taught at Ohio University and the University of Michigan, and spent two years teaching in a village secondary school in Kenya. He is an active member of the African Studies Association and the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is currently Film Review Editor for the SEM journal Ethnomusicology. He has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Africa Today, History and Anthropology, and African Music, and has twice been a guest editor of the journal The World of Music.
His most recent book “We Never Sleep We Dream of Farming”: Sukuma Labor Songs from Western Tanzania (Brill Academic Press, 2010) was the 2009-2011 winner of the Kwabena Nketia Book Award for best monograph on African music. His research interests include musical repatriation, historical methodology, documentary film, and music and human rights.
Remille Bargi aka Remziee is a bgirl, house dancer and graffiti artist based in Kolkata. She joined the crew “Big Bong Theory Forum” and “REDET” in 2012. Remille is also a national rower and works for Skateboard Kolkata and will be assisting Jukeboxx team member Fatimah White for this project.
Ko Wong-Horiuchi, aka Knxout, is a new media digital artist who creates and produces music, interactive music apps, and multimedia audio/video art. He's also an artist-in-residence and teacher at San Francisco School of the Arts and Today’s Future Sound. Recently, he traveled to India to facilitate workshops and collaborate with local musicians as part of the State Department’s cultural diplomacy program, Next Level. As a graduate of the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee College of Music, Ko is the founder of the music startup, Beatshop Labs, where he collaborates with other artists, teachers, coders, and graphic and sound designers to build music apps for teaching and creating music. When he isn't teaching or working on apps, Ko produces electronic/hip-hop beats and DJs under the moniker KnxOut.
Risks and challenges
First and foremost, we will be facing challenges in bringing awareness to the treatment of women and girls in society, particularly within male-dominated hip hop cultures, and in bringing about a change in mindset among perpetrators of violence.
The Jukeboxx Movement takes this challenge head-on by using hip hop to end the culture of gender-based violence.
As a survivor I (Ansley) enrolled in Augusta’s rape crisis victim advocate training course in 2015. In the third class I suffered a panic attack and was unable to finish the course. This part of my reality at times obstructs my ability to delve into the subject of sexual assault. To remedy this, team members who are not survivors of gender-based violence will take training and assist me in teaching this course if I am unable to continue should a trigger occur.
Another challenge will be addressing inequalities in access to key resources in tribal villages in India where underprivileged communities reside, particularly the Dalit and Adivasi populations. In preparation for facing these issues, our US-based team will conduct community discussions before we depart for India.
Once we have arrived, we will work closely with our India-based team members to navigate the local cultural and societal environments in which we will be working, in order to conduct our work with cultural sensitivity, care, and empathy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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