August 15, 2016

MWF Alumnus Promotes Fair Elections and HIV/AIDS Funding through Hip-Hop


B-Flow performing B-Flow performs at the Keep the Promise on AIDS concert
Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) alumnus, Brian “B-Flow” Bwembya, is a Zambian hip-hop phenomenon, promoting peaceful elections and increased HIV/AIDS funding. Selected for the program due to his activism through music on anti-gender-based violence, anti-child marriage, and HIV/AIDS prevention, B-Flow continues to spread his message in Zambia and South Africa.

During his recent July 15-16 trip to Durban, South Africa he partnered with Queen Latifah and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to lead 5,000 marchers advocating for more HIV/AIDS program funding. B-Flow performed alongside other artists at the “Keep the Promise Concert” to remind world leaders to continue funding HIV prevention and treatment.

In Zambia, B-Flow partnered with three other MWF alumni to launched and register the “I Stand 4 Peace Foundation” which promotes peaceful elections, dialogue, and tolerance. They started a social media campaign using #IStand4Peace which features aspiring politicians, youth leaders, and university students. They hope to lead community-based training workshops that promote respect for people, civil rights, and trust-building between and among political leaders and community members. B-Flow and his partners were inspired by fellow YALI alumni in Uganda who started the #IPledgePeaceUg campaign.

After his 2015 MWF experience, B-Flow partnered with Young Women in Action, a Zambian NGO, on a “Triple V: My Vote, My Voice, My Victory” campaign. B-Flow and Young Women in Action aim to motivate Zambia’s 1.5 million newly registered voters to participate in the upcoming elections.


holding banner that says keep the promise on AIDS Keep the Promise on AIDS march in Durban, South Africa
B-Flow gained recognition from President Barak Obama at the 2015 WMF President’s Town Hall. The President said, “Brian uses music to advocate against things like gender-based violence and to educate youth on HIV/AIDS. So while in the U.S., he’s learned about our health care system, met the founder of an American HIV/AIDS organization, and now he plans to start a record label for music about social change. So, Brian, we’re proud to be your partner.”