Hip-hop artists launch federation

2015-11-04 12:38
ATTENDING the launch of the Northern Cape Hip-Hop Federation (NCHHF), were from the left Max Payne, a fan called Dee and Hurricane.  Photos: Supplied

ATTENDING the launch of the Northern Cape Hip-Hop Federation (NCHHF), were from the left Max Payne, a fan called Dee and Hurricane. Photos: Supplied

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AFTER much consultation and hard work, hip-hop artists and enthusiasts in Kimberley finally realised their long-held dream, with the establishment of the Northern Cape Hip-Hop Federation (NCHHF).

The dream was to have a federation where various artists of the hip-hop genre, even from different languages, could establish a home for themselves in order to nurture and grow the movement throughout the Northern Cape.

The NCHHF was fueled by an event where a Kimberley-born artist and a host of Idols, Proverb (Tebogo Thekisho), happened to facilitate and perform at a workshop that was intended to grow hip-hop dancing in the province.

According to Kenneth van Wyk, who is the secretary of the federation, the workshop sparked a resolve to work towards realising their dream.

“The federation has a constitution with the main objective of creating a sustainable platform for hip-hop artists.

“The federation also wants to use the arts to advance social change and to equip and develop the youth with life skills through social programmes.

“It also aims at discovering and nurturing talent and create an information hub where artists can access resources,” he explained.

The federation management stucture is in place. The chairperson is Anthony Moipolai, the deputy chairperson is Lesego Robertson, the secretary is Kenneth van Wyk and the treasurer is Raymond Mangope.

There were also representatives for the four elements of hip-hop, namely DJ-ing, rapping, (break) dancing and graffitti. They are Patric Mangope, Tumelo Segami, Letlhogonolo Metsing and Mosa Koue.

The launch itself was attended by more than a 100 hip-hop lovers, performers and enthusiasts.

During the gala evening that marked the launch, Mangope gave a compelling and encouraging keynote address in which he emphasised the unity of the federation. He said the hip-hop community in the province had to come together and work as one.

“This federation is a platform for artists to work together to make their dreams come true,” said Mangope.

He also lamented the challenges faced by local hip-hop artists and said that by pooling their resources artists in the federation could reach their collective dreams.

The event saw the well-known hip-hop duo Malay Kamp, consisting of the twin brothers Kevin and Kenneth van Wyk, giving a resounding performance.

Other artists, such as Bridgiwinki, King Mus and Max Payne & Hurricane, also showed their skills.

A hip-hop documentary by legendary rap artist Ice T was also screened which aided the federation’s aim to expose artists to different elements and personalities in the art form.

For more information contact Van Wyk on 073-933-9493. Join their Facebook page, Northern Cape Hip-Hop Federation.

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