South Africa’s oldest Hip Hop group, Black Noise, have been confirmed to perform as part of the One Mic Festival in Washington DC in the USA.
One of the founding members of Black Noise and Hip Hop/ Break-dance Pioneers, Emile YX?, has said that it comes just in time to celebrate Black Noise 26th Anniversary. Three of the members going along are younger than the group itself. Last year Emile started the Heal the Hood Hip Hop practical School called “Mixed Mense”. Two of members got to travel to the Kalahari with Emile last year and this year they will get to travel and perform on one of the biggest stages in the world.
Stefan Benting aka B-boy Mouse and Leeroy Phillips aka B-boy Malis are from Lavender Hill and positive examples of the great talent from that community. While others have spoken about the gangs and drugs from the area, these young men have worked hard to make a living from their passion and hard work always gets rewarded. They have moved from being shy men who could barely speak for themselves, to rappers on stages talking to crowds at the Waterfront and elsewhere in the country.
The other dancer, Alfred Burgess aka B-boy Benny, is from Kuilsriver and is South Africa’s number 1 break-dancer. He is the reigning champions of South African Red Bull BC One. He was part of heal the Hood School before the members and got to travel to the UK, Italy and Norway. They will also be joined by Nantal Hopely aka DJ Madfingaz from Grassy Park and Jean-Pierre Frolick from Northpine. Tanswell Jansen will also travel along to make a documentary of the whole trip.
The MC’s/ Rappers leave on March 18 for Atlanta for a talk about Hip Hop in South Africa. They will then be joined by the rest on March 29 in Washington DC. The group then leaves for Connecticut for the Trinity Hip Hop Festival. Emile leaves for a talk at Stanford University on April 6 and will return to connect with the group on April 12, returning to South Africa on April 14. Emile plans to edit his book called ‘Making a Black Noise’, while on the road.
Upon their return to South Africa, Black Noise plans to tour the country and release their new CD.
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