Known for his smooth tongue, crazy dance moves, and outstanding beat box methods, Tekya “Abramz” Abraham is a Ugandan artist, motivational speaker, and activist. Leading the initiative through a group called BPU, or Break Dance Project Uganda, Tekya offers positive influence through his medium, promoting social change and responsibility.
Born in Mengo of Kampala, Uganda. Tekya had a rough childhood, like so many Uganda children, at the age of seven, both of his parents died of AIDS and he quickly found himself on the streets. Shuffling between various distant relatives and homes, Tekya leverages his personal life experiences in his ongoing message of social and cultural change in Uganda.
Discovering Break Dancing
Tekya discovered break dancing while living with his aunt in 1991. While attending the Kabaka Anjagala Primary School and watching iconic break dancing music videos of the 80’s and 90’s, Tekya found a relation to movement and expression. Tekya quickly gained momentum in the break dancing community. Dubbed “crazy legs”, his fan base started to take root. Now known for his dancing skills, it was time to pair his message with the art of word.
Discovering Hip Hop
At the age of 17, he and brother, Sylvester, started their first band together called ‘Sylvester and Abramz‘. The rap duo was well known throughout the country for their conscious lyrics, combination of two languages, and message of change, launching their career and influence throughout the country. Combined with their unrivaled dance moves, this duo quickly gained recognition in the local villages, big cities, and, eventually, across the globe for their positive music, inspirational message, and impressive dance moves.
Building Break Dance Project Uganda
Created in 2006, Break Dance Project Uganda, or BPU, works to leverage hip hop and break dancing to empower the youth of Kampala, Uganda. Offering leadership skills, social change initiatives, education, and mentorship, BPU has helped hundreds of people ranging from poor villagers to inner city kids.
BPU is a youth-centered project that works directly with young people of different backgrounds in Uganda, with a particular focus on those who are disadvantaged to give them hope and opportunities. The Project is centered on the belief that everyone can learn and everyone can teach and has the capacity to be a positive role model to others. The Project was built around free break dancing classes currently offered at the Sharing Youth Centre, Kampala and the Gulu Youth Centre, Gulu. In addition, it partners with other organizations to provide social and educational activities and services to its members.
In 2010, a documentary film was written and directed by Nabil Elderkin following the groups performances, impact, and message. The movie titled, ‘Bouncing Cats‘ follows “Abramz” as he fights to be a catalyst for change in his home country of Uganda.
Now in his early 20’s, Tekya has helped over 300 kids from all over the country attending his dance class in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Teaching three times per week, Tekya continues to promote social change, influence positive growth, and provide hope to those looking for a better life through music and dance.
Now considered a veteran hip hop artist, Tekya has branched out across the globe to offer similar work in countries such as Zanzibar, Burkina Faso, Denmark, Germany, USA, and Swaziland to name a few.
This once orphaned and hopeless youth has shown the world that through perseverance, positive thinking, and productive effort, you can not only change your life, but help change the lives of countless people. A story befitting of a young artist committed to bringing hope back to a country that has continued to struggle.