‘You got the legs, come dance’

2016-04-14 06:00
Hip Pop Dance Two young men Linda Njokweni (22) and Xolile Giyose (18)demonstrate how they perform at Look Out Hill on Sunday. PHOTO: Lindile Mbontsi.

Hip Pop Dance Two young men Linda Njokweni (22) and Xolile Giyose (18)demonstrate how they perform at Look Out Hill on Sunday. PHOTO: Lindile Mbontsi.

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South African kasis have been breeding grounds for phenomenal talent that put the country on the world map.

From Miriam Makheba to Brenda Fassie that is.

Now an up and coming dance group called LX6 has taken Kasi by storm with their powerful dance moves.

Linda Njokweni, 22 and Xolile Giyose,18, are jack-of- all trades artists based in Khayelitsha.

They are hip-hop singers, dancers, and models. The duo has excelled in dancing as they have taken a positive stance to teaching dance in their own communities.

“We met 12 years ago when we were all young children, as time went by we realised that we have a lot in common; that we can dance,” Njokweni said.

The duo started dancing and singing for the past few years but only took their talent seriously last year and decided to form the group.

“We have been dancing for fun. We thought we should impact the community with our artistic work,” Giyose said.

The duo train young people from Kasi to dance.

“We have got a space at Love Life Youth Centre in Khayelitsha that we use as a ground to train people how to dance,” the duo said.

“Anyone with legs and as long as you can walk ,you are welcome(to dance), age doesn’t really matter,” said Giyose.

“We embarked on the idea of creating our own family as an effort to stop young people from indulging in drugs and other illegal and criminal activities.”

Angela Dlokweni-Lize who has been managing the duo for the past year added that LX6 has the potential to reach the world platform.

“Once people see them perform, they love them. There is light, I see the future in their works because the guys are really committed in what they do,” said Dlokweni-Lize.

She added that, the two believe in what they know and this makes them “very positive”.

They said their name LX6 derives from their initials, Linda and Xolile. The number “6”stands for the elements that guide their dance, that is, speed, prowess, soul, agility, power and passion.

The are usually found performing in annual Kasi events like Sisters n’ Rap hip-hop battles and Kasi Experience.

“We wish to perform on the largest dance platform in the world and put our country on the map of dance,”.

Lize said: “I met the guys last year during an Ayihlome youth talent, moving around townships looking for raw talent. I personally spotted the guys after I saw a huge potential in them,” he said.

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