🎤 Cyphers are back in the city

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After a live music ban in 2019, cyphers have made a comeback, hosting hip-hop events every weekend in Bengaluru.

Story so far: A cypher is a jamming session that is held in public, acting as a platform for hip-hop artists to showcase their talents. It is open to various artists such as beatboxers, rappers, breakdancers, and producers. The community was furious when a ban on live music came into effect in the later part of 2019. 

  • Before cyphers could resurface after the ban was lifted, the pandemic hit and they ceased to exist.
  • A popular cypher hosting platform, Wanandaf, reintroduced cyphers in August, making their debut this Sunday.

Replicates inclusivity: The idea behind a cypher is to replicate the diversity present in the city. Casteist and racial slurs are prohibited, and there is no language barrier as artists can perform in a language of their preference. It is an inclusive space since Bengaluru is home to people from across the country.

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