Kuujjuaq hip hop club makes Sept. 14 debut
“We are so excited to perform in front of our community"
Over the past week, more than 100 Kuujjuaq youth have been getting together after school to beatbox, dance, sing and play games under the guidance of dancer and social worker Stephen Leafloor, who’s better-known in Nunavik as Buddha.
At the Pivallianiq-KMHB Hip-hop Club participants “learn about dance and music in a setting where traditional Nunavik culture and modernism meet,” says a news release from the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau who started the club as part of its Pivallianiq home improvement program.
The club’s first show takes pace at the Kuujjuaq Forum Sept. 14 at 8:30 p.m.
“We are so excited to perform in front of our community for the first time. By moving to the rhythms of the best music, we will prove to our friends, our parents and our elders that our generation is a proud and respectful part of the community,” said Tommy Sequaluk, a Pivallianiq agent and trainer at the Pivallianiq-KMHB Hip-hop Club.
Every month, members of Leafloor’s Blueprint For Life, which already has a following in Kuujjuaq, will be back in town to conduct more workshops and help the group progress.
“The initial one-week sessions were all centered on respect. This theme, revisited in all discussions and activities, builds on an understanding of respect as it applies to oneself and one’s body, respect for others, and respect for the broader community and its physical surroundings and environment,” said Leafloor.
The Pivallianiq-KMHB Hip-hop Club will run from this September to May 2013.
The Pivallianiq Program is a KMHB program financed by Quebec’s housing corporation, the Société d’habitation du Québec. Launched last November 2011 its goal is “to help families maintain their homes and equipment, to beautify their surroundings and to create a safe, clean and happy living environment for the people of Nunavik.”