a space for kids in the hood to practice, learn and innovate on hip hop dance & culture.




TINY TOONES & TINY DROPS / Hip Hop Schools Cambodia & India
06. – 17. September 2011, 12am – 6 pm

Prenzlauer Berg / www.commongroundgallery.de

STREET CULTURES like skateboarding, breakdancing and street art have the fascinating potential to bring people of different backgrounds together, bridging the gap between their social and cultural differences, and thus creating an opportunity for exchange and cooperation. Hip Hop, skateboarding, and BMX are no longer only part of western culture, but have become global phenomena that are growing especially quickly in Asia. As a result, the number of projects and initiatives that use street cultures as a tool in international development work is growing steadily.

Many of the people that are involved with these activities have recognized that sport and creative programs can be connected to „Empowerment“ and education in a very sensible way. This includes initiatives like „Back to School“ programs that focus on traditional forms of education, as well as more experimental forms of education that are largely creative arts based and focus on socially inclined topics, i.e. local communities are being empowered about topics like environment, health, diet, and racism.

The networks of these various street cultures work in an informal way to overcome language and cultural barriers, as these activities have their own language and culture. For example, skateboarders speak to each other in a certain way about the sport that is universal, a kickflip is always a kickflip, and street art has its own codes and symbols. Consequently, heritage, religion, skin color, or social status are pushed into the background. Through street cultures intercultural bridges are being built, which can be used to reduce prejudice and promote conflict resolution.

The event introduces projects from Cambodia, Afghanistan, China and India, that are using new and innovative methods in the field of social development, with their own strategies and models.

The exhibition will be accompanied by films, workshops, skype-conferences, fundraising events and a music program under the umbrella of the Berlin Music Week.

Exhibition 06. – 17. September 2011 | 12am – 6 pm
Finissage Friday, 16. September 2011 | 7 – 11 pm | MARC HYPE, BEATEVOLUTIONERS

NYC: 7/27 @ Alwan: Fundraiser for Tiny Drops Hip Hop Center & SlumGods

Wed July 27th, 930-midnight  (Immediately after the 2nd Arab & South Asian Short Video Slam at 7pm)
Alwan for the Arts <http://www.alwanfortharts.org/>
16 Beaver St., 4th Floor (b/w broad and broadway), lower manhattan

*$7-$10 Sliding Scale*

Join us to support India-based Tiny Drops Hip Hop Community
Center,<http://tinydrops.org/>which now has locations in Mumbai and Delhi.  Under the care, vision and commitment of Netarpal ‘Heera’ Singh and the SlumGods collective, Tiny Drops has emerged as a creative hub and haven for children living in local slums, offering alternative music/dance/arts and cultural programming and events, including workshops in breaking and graffiti.

Hosted by MC MANDEEP SETHI (Zulu Nation-All Tribes/SlumGods), Representing Slum Gods as well as the global Hip-Hop scene, Mandeep Sethi is a young yet seasoned emcee/activist from Los Angeles that has shown and proven his ability to rhyme and freestyle with the best. Mandeep’s primary focus is to educate the youth about the circumstances in which we are living in while resonating ancient indigenous cultures within them, revealing the gods in all of us. From rhyming to djing, music serves as the language translating beats and words into scripts and hymns.

We will be showcasing videos of the work that is being done in India, and presenting on the Hip-Hop Collective “SlumGODS” and the ways in which they are using hip-hop culture to defy and destroy the class and caste system that has plagued the motherland.

Performance by

BROWN UNIVERSITY – the hip hop side project of the THE KOMINAS (of Taqwacore fame).


Plus guest numbers by South Bronx BBoys!

Enjoy dope videos, snacks and drinks & good vibes!


Graffiti Workshop with ZebRocSki

German Graffiti / BBoy pioneer ZebRocSki stopped by with us for two weeks. The time was amazing, from BBoy sessions, graffiti workshops, and sharing Hip Hop history.

We’re looking forward to building with more german artist during the Indo – German Hiphop year, starting this oct, and running all of next year. We’ll have the chance to meet some of germany’s legends like Can 2. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a hot winter.



Graffiti WorkShop with Heta1, Daku & Zine

The graffiti artist Heta 1, from france, along with Delhi’s Daku and Zine, came together for a graffiti workshop and painting with TinyDrops. Space was provided on the roof of a ‘labour housing’, and a lot fresh faces were able to attend because we were wide in the open, including a lot of the residents at the housing.

This is was the first time many students got their hands on spray paint, and even before directions could be given, they were painting.

The idea that Graffiti can be used to color neighborhoods which are other wise ignored were expressed, now lets see what all the gray walls in Khirkee look like in a few years.

Deer Park Cypher

About 30 of us visited Deer park today in Hauz Khauz. We broke out in a dancing session across from where the Deers and Peacocks play. We’re sure the Deer’s felt a bit of relief when we attracted attention from the pedestrians on ourselves, and away of the Deers.

Whats a good way to beat the Delhi heat?

Go visit one of the beautiful parks!

Tiny Drops / Slumgods – 1st community park b-boy battle/showcase

Tiny Drops Khirkee Park Jam 5/15/2011

Tiny Drops / Slumgods – 1st community park b-boy battle/showcase…

… as the night rolls in, some more “experimental” pop lockin’ to block rockin beats by Praxis!

(thanks Suhrid).

Khirkee Park Jam.01

Our first community park jam, in collaboration with Khoj Artist Community, was a b-boy/b-girl battle/showcase, free for all ages, attended by over 150 people including young dancers, elders, and curious passersby. the jam featured dancing, one-on-ones, open cypher; painting by local graffiti artists; and music by dj praxis. It was a fun evening in the park for all! Check out our Facebook page for videos.

Bboy KZEE vs MILAN (from Tiny Drops)

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Bboy KZEE (left side) vs MILAN from Tiny Drops (right side)
(thanks Bharat).