George Washington University
Meaning both “Justice” and “Rights” in Kiswahili, “Haki” is a musical activism project seeking to expose injustices and human rights issues that bury themselves under the surface of Kenyan society. Its mission is to give a voice to the voiceless. To bring awareness to the rights Kenyans have according to their own laws, and what they can do to seek justice. Before songwriting, I researched the four areas – human trafficking, child sexual abuse, police abuse of power, and education inequality – extensively. I sought the expertise of Kenyan NGO leaders and studied many readings. This is a non-traditional ISP. I use music and creative arts to bring awareness to the four areas of injustice. The final product is an album called Haki. The genre is a blend of my American indie folk style, Kenyan traditional music, and Kenyan hip hop. As you listen to the music, each song corresponds with a different human rights issue that you can read about in the booklet.
Arts and Humanities | Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Music | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Psychology and Interaction
Doyle, Katrina, "HAKI: A Musical Activism Project" (2013). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 1490.
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