The Ministry of Culture in Bangkok, Thailand hopes to harness the power of Hip-Hop
to encourage Thai youth to be more active in the Buddhist religion.
According to The Vice Minister for Culture Weerasak Kowsurat,
the government will organize a concert on February 23 that will introduce a
new genre of rap called “Dhamma Rap.”
Dhamma is defined as reality and truth in Buddhism.
The genre of music will focus on Buddhist religious principles, including sharing
and being compassionate, while shunning violent and misogynist lyrics.
selected February 23 to host the concert and introduce the new genre because
the date is a special day for Buddhists, who will celebrate “Makabucha
The day is a Buddhist
holiday which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the
third lunar month of the year. The day honors Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment
Thai officials hope the day will compete with popular holidays
such as Valentines Day.
The concert and introduction of “Dhamma Rap” is
part of a broader campaign being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture and
the Ministry of Social Development and Human Services.
The aim is to bring
Thai’s youth, who are becoming increasingly westernized, back to the country’s
native culture and religion.