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College tie-up opens doors for CLASH charity shows

By Korea Herald

Published : Dec. 2, 2015 - 18:30

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Charity concert series CLASH has linked up with Seoul’s Hoseo Art College to host a hip-hop show in aid of Korean Unwed Mothers Families Association on Saturday.

Headlining show is “Show Me the Money” season two winner Soul Dive, which has since collaborated with actor So Ji-sub on his EP “18 Years.”

Other acts include Rhyme-A-, Born Kim, Ignito, Suda Jaengi and Insane Deegie.

CLASH is held regularly in aid of four charities on a rotational basis, with this show in aid of KUMFA, an organization started by single mothers in Korea to help other women in similar situations.

The group advocates for the rights of unwed pregnant women, mothers and their children. It also provides education for mothers, and runs Heater, a shelter for unwed pregnant women around the time they give birth.

“They don’t discriminate against women who already have children or have children with disabilities,” said CLASH organizer Emma Kalka. “(Heater) is pretty much open to any single woman who’s pregnant and just really needs a place to live.”

The show also comes just as KUMFA is planning its annual Christmas event, she said.

Blessing Majola performs at Club In2Deep in Hongdae at the previous CLASH event on June 20. (Clayton Jones) Blessing Majola performs at Club In2Deep in Hongdae at the previous CLASH event on June 20. (Clayton Jones)

Kalka said the collaboration between CLASH and Hoseo came about as one of the professors there who helped with previous shows saw an opportunity for mutual benefit. The show’s organizers inked a memorandum of understanding with the school, which will support hip-hop CLASH shows with basic costs through its music production department.

MUP Show, the school’s showcase for students and professors in the department, will also send acts to perform at CLASH events. This time, Hoseo-related acts include established acts 732HOOD and JDD Sound, and top students in an MUP All-stars segment.

Kalka hopes the students will see the show as an opportunity to step up.

“The collaborations are a little bit different than what they usually do with their MUP Shows, because usually it’s a student showcase, but with the CLASH shows, the lineup is mostly professors from the school, and a lot of the people who will be there won’t have heard of them before,” she said.

CLASH started out in 2012 as a rock and hip-hop event but decided to alternate between the two genres each show.

“It’s easier to plan that way and I think we get bigger audiences,” said Kalka. She said the autumn rock show had to be postponed, but that they had secured a venue and would hold it in February.

There will also be a raffle with items donated by event sponsor FILA Korea and local businesses such as Underground, a British pub in Hongdae.

The show will start at 7 p.m. at hip-hop club In2Deep in Hongdae and is open to all ages. Tickets are 15,000 won in advance and 20,000 won at the door.

For more information, visit the “Clash-Charity” page on Facebook or

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