On the 1st of April Black Noise Cape Town hip hop group will be taking on the One Mic Festival in Washington DC. Member Emile YX? is also set to present a lecture, on his hop hop work through the Heal The Hood Project, at Trinity, Atlanta and Stanford Universities.
The Black Noise Cape Town act is known for being one of the oldest hip hop groups in SA, and the news of their Washington excursion has come just in time for their 26th anniversary.
Three of the members going along are younger than the group itself. Last year Emile YX? started the Heal the Hood Hip Hop practical School called “Mixed Mense”. Two of these guys got to travel to the Kalahari with Emile YX? 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 is from Kuilsriver and is South Africa’s number 1 break-dancer, Alfred Burgess aka B-boy Benny. He is the reigning champions of South African Red Bull BC One. He was part of heal the Hood School before the new guys 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 legendary Black Noise Cape Town favourites leave on the 18th March for Atlanta for a talk about hip hop in South Africa. They then are joined by the rest on the 29th March in Washington DC. The group then leaves for Connecticut for Trinity Hip Hop Festival. Emile YX? leaves for a talk at Stanford University on the 6th April and returns to connect with the group on the 12th April, returning to South Africa on the 14th April. Emile plans to edit his book called “Making a Black Noise”, while on the road.
On their return to South Africa, the Black Noise Cape Town group plans to tour the country and release their new CD. Emile will release his 4th book to co-inside with the South African tour.
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