• #iKnow Concert Series | Uganda 2017

     

    LIRA - Sept. 9 at Mayor's Gardens

    MASAKA - Sept.13 at Masaka Muncipal

    KABALE - Sept. 16 at Kabale Sports Complex

     

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  • WHAT WE DO

    Our mission is to use music and the arts to improve people's health and well-being, and promote the sustainability of community-based development initiatives in Uganda.

    This year's festivals will be held in Lira Sept. 9, Masaka Sept. 13 & Kabale Sept. 16

    We hope to see YOU there!

    The Problem

    Uganda is suffering from a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic

    Here are the facts:

    • HIV prevalence in Uganda has risen to 7.1% of the population, the 10th highest level on earth. This amounts to an estimated 1.6 million people, including 110,000 children.
    • An estimated 35,000 people died from AIDS in 2014 and 1.1 million children have been orphaned by Uganda's devastating epidemic. Infections are diagnosed in 150,000 people a year, of whom 20,600 are children.
    • The government's shift towards abstinence-only prevention programs, alongside a general complacency or ‘AIDS-fatigue’ has reduced the practice of safe sex.
    • The number of new infections per year exceeds the number of annual AIDS deaths, explaining the rising HIV prevalence. 
    • Women in particular are in need of and access to HIV services; HIV prevalence is 5.4 percent, compared to 2.4 percent amongst men.
    • Stigma and discrimination by families, local communities and the government continues to marginalize people living with HIV. This undermines national prevention and treatment efforts by creating fear of testing

    - See more HERE

    The Solution

    HIV Awareness "iKnow" Concert Series

    In January 2014, a group of activists doubling as musicians came together under the auspices of the Global Livingston Institute. They formulated a plan to produce a music festival in SW Uganda to promote HIV awareness, bridge cultural divides, and boost the local economy. Contributions and grants came in from private donors, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Avita Pharmacy, Odyssey House Louisiana, Haunted History Tours, and the US Embassy in Kampala.

     

    American musicians met with their traditional Ugandan counterparts as well as hip-hop stars from Rwanda and Kampala. In three days they put together an entire set list of musical collaborations, from folk to reggae to rap in five different languages. All the songs were designed to promote awareness, decrease stigma, and call the people to action.

     

    The first concert was held on October 25, 2014. More than 4,000 people came, making it the largest free concert in Uganda. Equally as incredible, 826 people were tested for HIV. Referral services for treatment and further medical exams were eagerly received and the community had established a meaningful foundation upon which to launch future initiatives.


    On October 17, 2015 they did it again. That year 7,500 people came, 15,000 condoms were distributed, and 1,216 people were tested for HIV.

     

    In Sept. 2016 the team expanded operations to include the northern city of Lira. Between those two concerts, 26,000 people attended, 145,000 male condoms and 5,000 female condoms were distributed, 4,588 people were tested for HIV and a full-fledged health fair sprang up. Additional services provided included screening 33 women for cervical cancer, implanting 31 IUDs, and even performing two tubal ligation surgeries all ON SITE at the concert!

     

    Our goal is to reach 100,000 people within 5 years and get AT LEAST 20,000 people tested and linked into care. We would also like to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for most HIV tests performed in a single outreach initiative - we are only a few hundred away!

     

    Will YOU be part of this historic initiative?

    The Solution

    HIV Awareness "iKnow" Concert Series

    In January 2014, a group of activists doubling as musicians came together under the auspices of the Global Livingston Institute. They formulated a plan to produce a music festival in SW Uganda to promote HIV awareness, bridge cultural divides, and boost the local economy. Contributions and grants came in from private donors, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Avita Pharmacy, Odyssey House Louisiana, Haunted History Tours, and the US Embassy in Kampala.

     

    American musicians met with their traditional Ugandan counterparts as well as hip-hop stars from Rwanda and Kampala. In three days they put together an entire set list of musical collaborations, from folk to reggae to rap in five different languages. All the songs were designed to promote awareness, decrease stigma, and call the people to action.

     

    The first concert was held on October 25, 2014. More than 4,000 people came, making it the largest free concert in Uganda. Equally as incredible, 826 people were tested for HIV. Referral services for treatment and further medical exams were eagerly received and the community had established a meaningful foundation upon which to launch future initiatives.


    On October 17, 2015 they did it again. That year 7,500 people came, 15,000 condoms were distributed, and 1,216 people were tested for HIV.

     

    In Sept. 2016 the team expanded operations to include the northern city of Lira. Between those two concerts, 26,000 people attended, 145,000 male condoms and 5,000 female condoms were distributed, 4,588 people were tested for HIV and a full-fledged health fair sprang up. Additional services provided included screening 33 women for cervical cancer, implanting 31 IUDs, and even performing two tubal ligation surgeries all ON SITE at the concert!

     

    Our goal is to reach 100,000 people within 5 years and get AT LEAST 20,000 people tested and linked into care. We would also like to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for most HIV tests performed in a single outreach initiative - we are only a few hundred away!

     

    Will YOU be part of this historic initiative?

  • Apply to Perform in 2017

    Each year our committee reviews artists' applications from around the world. If you would like to be considered for this year's series:

    1. Please provide a Letter of Interest describing your group and how your work coincides with the mission and vision of our project. What unique contribution can your act make to this public health and cultural exchange initiative? 
    2. Please provide a link to a Youtube video of your performances.
    3. All inquiries should be made to: entusimusicfest@globallivingston.org

    A MUSICAL CALL TO ACTION

    Using the power of music with lyrics in Ruchiga, Luganda, Swahili, and English to build a healthier, happier, and funkier world.

  • EXPERIENCE THE MOVEMENT

    Two full weeks of collaborative workshops writing, rehearsing, recording and performing songs, dances, and theatrical works designed to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide testing for HIV. This year 8 American artists will join over 100 Ugandan artists and create new music the likes of which the world has never heard!

    A good harvest does not grow with ease; the more diligent the farmer, the more bountiful the crop. –– Ugandan proverb

    Ruchiga - Obwengye Nigo Amani!

    Lango Luo - Reiko Obedo Gufu!

    English - Knowledge is Power!

    An AIDS-Free Generation starts with ME

  • OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS

    We are so grateful to these good folks and their organizations;

    Will YOU follow their example?

    AIDS Healthcare Foundation

    Cutting-Edge Medicine and Advocacy Regardless of Ability to Pay

    "We will not rest until AIDS is eradicated from the globe."

    The US Embassy in Kampala

    Advancing the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Uganda

    "We want to see a healthy and prosperous Uganda, and these contributions are investments worth making in its people."

    Our festival MC, poster and logo artist, Miss US Virgin Islands, Carolyn Carter

    Staunch Supporters of Serving the World

    "Yeah, it’s a big place, but it’s our home. We are a global family tearing down international boundaries with, high aspirations and really smart people."

    Empowering people to conquer their addictions.

    Dedicated to enriching the communities they serve.

    Dedicated to serving patients and providers with nothing less than excellence

    Absolutely integral in the Lightning Protection initiative at Kisizi School

    IBEW Local 130

    Playing a positive and stabilizing role in our industry for the benefit of its membership, participants, customers, and community at large.

    Bringing cultures together in peace through musical collaborations.

    The Sufi Second Line  - US Folks songs sung in Urdu!

    The Wahida Unity Project

    New Orleans oldest and largest walking tour company

    Our festival MC, poster and logo artist, Miss US Virgin Islands, Carolyn Carter

    Carolyn Carter

    Our festival MC, poster and logo artist, and Miss US Virgin Islands

  • WHO WE ARE

    We want YOU to get involved

    YOU

    Music-Maker/Dream-Builder

    Your 100% Tax Deductible donation to HAMP-Entusi will go to:

    • Purchasing hundreds of rapid-response HIV tests
    • Providing a women's health tent offering free exams to the indigent
    • Distributing thousands of condoms and information packets in the cities of Lira, Masaka, and Kabale
    • Employing hundreds of musicians, construction workers, electricians, and vendors
    • Funding dozens of workshops by and for the local community in everything from women's self-defense classes to proper condom usage
    • Feeding and housing a small army of volunteers from around the world
    • Providing security for the concert

    We can't do this without you;

    Please lend your support; make a donation today.

    Global Livingston Institute

    (GLI)

    Parent Nonprofit

    The GLI is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to positively impact the health and vitality of communities in East Africa and to inform GLI participants through research, exchange of ideas and knowledge-sharing by Listening, Thinking, and then Acting.

    After years of listening and thinking with the community in SW Uganda, GLI participants and supporters developed an idea that focused on economic development, reliable HIV testing, and increased culture sharing between Ugandans and Americans: an HIV awareness music festival.

    Then, the GLI took action. They called upon a group of Americans from New Orleans, Denver, and Nashville to produce this music festival. After ten months of planning, that is exactly what they did. Now, the people of Uganda have spoken and together we are preparing to hold a tri-city festival in September 2016.


    Will YOU help us make this a reality?

    Entusi Resort and Retreat Center

    Action Site

    The GLI’s Entusi Resort and Retreat Center, located in Kabale, Uganda, embodies the organization’s mission. Entusi is a creative and innovative working space that allows the world to convene and address complex social issues and act as an incubator for learning.

    Prior to the music festival, the Entusi Resort and Retreat Center provides the venue for artists, activists, and academics from around the world to meet with members of the local community in the spirit of Unity, Collaboration, and Cultural Exchange. They use music and the arts to bridge differences and galvanize the population at large to solve social, health, and economic problems.

    Entusi and the music festival employ dozens of Ugandans, pumping foreign capital into the local economy while providing health services and connecting them directly to the international community.

    Reach a Hand Uganda

    Imparting the youth with knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health

    RAHU seeks to extend this knowledge to various communities in Uganda by carrying out trainings and peer activities as platforms to pass on this message.

    Through implementing strategic and behavioral change communication interventions such as; working with volunteers/peer educators at schools (peer to peer), mentorship programs making use of role models and inspirational speakers, establishing strategic collaborations with other actors working in the field of SRHR, use of television, radio and online media, entertainment, drama and creative art, we are making strides in the dissemination of SRHR information to the youth by communicating issues concerning youth sexuality and well-being. We build skills and reach out to other young people and encourage them to positively enjoy the aspects of their sexuality and sexual health.

     

  • CONTACT

    Here's how you can find us