How do you get students from two schools in Brooklyn to collaborate on one song?
Project Peace non-profit program for youth where I work as UNDAKOVA. Using my macbook and the recording software program Ableton Live make it seamless for students to record their original lyrics on the fly without using a studio.
At first I was stumped. I didn't want to record a trap song, I wanted to create "Positive Hip Hop". How could I create a song that will allow to express their views on social justice and police brutality that they are witnessing every day in their Brooklyn neighborhoods and on the news going on across America? Using Hip Hop Yoga we found a common ground. According to Pananjali's Yoga Sutras the "Yamas" are 1 of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. Yamas (Universal Principal's to Live by) consist of "Ahimsa" which means non-violence in thought word or deed.
I know it's a lot to understand. . that is why my students simplified it in a Hip Hop song Inspired by a commercial trap music song.
The chorus is:
Ahimsa Means Non-Violence
That means no war and no fighting
All the negative thoughts I silence
Do positive deeds that's how I live.
Sing along with us. Keep in mind this is the student's first time creating a song like this and recording. If you enjoy this please like it and share it and I will post more of our work throughout the semester and share more on how it's done.