Through Arts & Music
The Bavubuka Foundation is a non-profit organization that believes that connecting youth with music and the arts can transform lives and unify diverse communities. Created by Silas Balabyekkubo (aka Babaluku), an award-winning musician, producer, community youth activist and social entrepreneur. Since 2005 he has spent much of his time engaging in dialogue with youth and elders of different communities both in the cities and the villages of Uganda, US & Canada; learning and documenting their truth, exchanging positive dialogue, and creating the physical platforms needed to inspire solution-driven action concerning the future of young people. The continued absence of opportunity in marginalized and diaspora communities is unacceptable. It is this that pushes Silas to explore all mediums of expression to find ways to bridge the gap between the youth and those in positions to facilitate the necessary change. Silas is dedicated to changing lives and giving hope to young people
Each Bavubuka project fosters and promotes reconciliation and peace building activities by using transformative art to cultivate personal empowerment within a united communal effort. Bavubuka provides youth with the opportunity to gain new skills, bring their own creations to life, and develop relationships that connect them to their immediate community, the larger Diaspora struggle, and a global peace building movement. We know that when youth are provided with space, given full access to resources, empowered with education, and encouraged to express their creativity, they have the will and power to build a greater community for a stronger future. The Bavubuka Foundation strongly believes that through music, a movement that represents peace, love, equality, and unity will be established.
Empower and Unify
Word From Founder
“Born and raised in Uganda for the first 12 years of my life, I remember the beauty of my country through the eyes of mychildhood. While most people seem to know Uganda for its HIV epidemic, the abduction of child soldiers and its brutal political past, I have always known Uganda for its youthful untapped energy which gives me strength and inspires me to bring hope to a generation that has survived to tell its story. With 78% of its people under the age of 30, Uganda has the world’s youngest population; being aware of this statistic keeps me focused on creating avenues for the voice of Ugandan youth to be heard.
Since 2005 I have spent much of my time engaging in dialogue with youth and elders of different communities both in the cities and the villages of Uganda; learning and documenting their truth, exchanging positive dialogue and creating the physical platforms needed to inspire solution-driven action concerning the future of young people in Uganda.
The continued absence of opportunity in these communities is unacceptable, this pushes me to explore all mediums of expression in order to find ways to bridge the gap between the Ugandan youth and those in positions to facilitate the necessary change.
Founder - Bavaubuka Foundation
BACK TO THE SOURCE
Back to the Source is an Indigenous Hip Hop Leadership Retreat designed to explore the transformative power found in reconnecting emerging Hip-Hop communities to their indigenous spirit.