Following months of choreography, planning, practicing and perfecting routines, the Red Bull Beat Battle finally concluded its 2013 winner against Clinch Crew, I.D.A.
The final Red Bull Beat battle that sported eight of South Africa’ best dance crews – 8-one-oh Meninas, Ace, Beauty and the Beasts, Brooklyn, Clinch, I.D.A, Via Volcano and defending champs Reptilez – concluded this past weekend in front of a 2500-strong crowd at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto.
The demanding qualification process that saw over 170 crews audition and drop down to 7 of the best who fought it out with the Reptilez in the final, came to grand conclusion on the 1st of June. The final bout saw Clinch Crew going head-to-head with I.D.A, who in the end, won the crowd and the judges over and got crowned the 2013 champions.
I.D.A crew leader, Katlego Mphahlele, said of the occasion that it was a massive surprise. Throughout the Red Bull Beat battle, he believed that his crew would only get to the third round. He went on to say that what God showed us today, we don’t know what he has in store for us. And concluded, that the win means the world to him and his crew; and that it was their first competition and their first title.
By all accounts, the judges had their work cut out. On the night Judge Vouks Nojokes expressed his excitement about the calibre of the performances and said that every year the talent gets stronger and stronger.
The Red Beat Battle also featured Fikile ‘Fix’ Moeti and Thapelo Mokoena who hosted the evening phenomenally as DJ Switch held it down on the decks. In addition, the night also saw a host of Mzansi’s best performers, which included house whizz kid Jullian Gomes; breakthrough MCs Okmalumkoolkat and Reason; kwaito legends Thebe and Dr Malinga; and headline performances by celebrated favourites Zakes Bantwini and Black Coffee who rounded off the night as everyone partied into the early hours.
Fans that missed out can look out for the Red Bull Beat Battle on Channel O. See local listings for more information.
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