Kaweesi Mark is a Ugandan artist; Breakdancer/Hiphop practitioner, Creative facilitator, Community organizer, events planner, Educator, Fitness instructor, Speaker who uses such skills as tools to empower people, uplift communities, promote youth activism and social change. He is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.
He is a member of Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) a voluntary youth-centered and non-profit organization which uses hip-hop elements, creative arts and other alternative ways of learning as tools to empower and engage young people in being agents of positive social change as well as providing them with skills and support to become socially responsible leaders and citizens of society.
He is the chairman of Break-Fast Jam, a Ugandan sourced unique and
powerful annual breakdance event currently held in Uganda and Kenya plus hosting participants from around the world for social and economical
Mark works with local & international schools (kindergartens, primary, secondary and colleges), community centres, orphanages, prisons (juvenile and adult), drug rehabilitation centres, children’s homes, seminars, festivals and events, companies, ghettos/slums, on the streets and other organizations. His methods include, dance, beat-boxing(vocal percussion), interactive/participatory discussions, creative facilitation, team-building games, community events, exchange programs, and integrating other art forms and self-esteem-building activities.
He was raised in Kikubamutwe, Nsambya kirombe, Nanganda and Kansanga Kampala suburbs, Uganda. Breakdance (Bboying) empowered Mark so much, and in 2011 he co-found Break-Fast Jam to create a space and neutral platform for bothaspiring and established breakdancers to share and network.
He was featured in the documentary film “Shake The Dust,” produced by the American Hip-hop artist Nas and Adam Sjoberg.
He work across Uganda and has traveled to work in several other countries.
Mark has worked in the following countries:
Denmark (World Images in Motion youth education program 2011)
Italy (We Free Days events 2012, 2013), Poland (Brave Festival 2013), Kenya(Break-Fast Jam, Take A Break, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Tanzania (Facilitating workshops for students and after school activity leaders,
2016), United States of America (Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African leaders, 2016).
Mark has worked with the following organizations:
UNICEF, European Union Commission, American Embassy in Uganda, UNHCR, Uganda Prison Service, Next Level Academy program(USA), Kampala International School Uganda (KISU), The International School Of Uganda(ISU), French School Kampala (Uganda), Ambrosoli International School (Uganda), Brave Festival (Poland), Breakdance Project Uganda(BPU), Breakpoint(Denmark), The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/CKU, Uganda Hands For Hope, In Need Home(Uganda), Peace and Justice Commission (Uganda), InMovement Art for Social Change (Uganda), InterAID (Uganda), Kids of Africa Orphanage (Uganda), The Naguru Remand Home (Uganda), Product Of Prison(Uganda), Sanpatrignano rehabilitation centre (Italy), Take A Break (Kenya), Peace Corps Uganda, Street Dance Kenya, Youth Legacy Africa(Uganda), YouInspire You(Uganda), Innovative Communities Organization(Canada), Cornerstone Development Home(Uganda), Ashinaga Children Centre (Uganda), People Concern Children Project(Uganda), Rainbow International School Uganda, Light Up Uganda Project, Niteo Eva Ruf Resource Centre(Uganda), Little Light Uganda, Kampiringisa National Rehabilitation Centre(Uganda), among others.