Hip-hop on stage

2015-05-19 06:00
Break uses locally produced music and internationally acclaimed local dancers to give the performance at Artscape Theatre a proudly South African flavour.

Break uses locally produced music and internationally acclaimed local dancers to give the performance at Artscape Theatre a proudly South African flavour.

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Hip-hop fans can look forward to two interesting productions at Artscape Theatre at the end of the month.

Hemelbesem, otherwise known as Simon Witbooi, will be presenting Die Afrikaansvatter on Friday 29 May.

As a writer, poet, rapper, activist, leader, presenter and performer, Hemelbesem is breathing new life into Afrikaans and is very excited to be presenting his first full-length theatre production.

“I will share my journey in Afrikaans and try to incorporate all senses by doing it,” he explains. To do this, he’ll be sharing the stage with a tattoo artist, graffiti artist, dancers, vocalists, and the famous Take Note Band.

“I will share an Afrikaans that some might know and others don’t,” Hemelbesem says, adding: “For some in the audience ‘new’ words and idioms and sayings in Afrikaans will bring memories and to others it will broaden their Afrikaans vocabulary.”

Artscape has also partnered with Heal the Hood to present Break on Saturday 30 May at 14:00 and 20:15.

Heal the Hood is a community-based youth volunteer organisation on the Cape Flats. It provides an alternative cultural experience for historically marginalised youths through hip-hop.

Written and produced by Emile YX?, Break blends hip-hop dance styles with traditional South African dance styles like Zulu, Pantsula, Namastap, gumboot dancing, Cape Jazz to stretch the boundaries of genres.

The production tells the story of a young man’s journey of self-discovery by blending South African dance and music with hip-hop culture.V

Tickets for both shows cost R60 at Computicket. WIN! WIN! WIN!


Five readers can each win tickets to see Die Afrikaansvatter on Friday 29 May. SMS the word “Hemelbesem” followed by your name and contact details to 45527 before 12:00 on Monday 25 May to enter. SMS the word “Break” followed by your name and contacts details to 45527, also before 12:00 on Monday 25 May to stand a chance of winning double tickets to see Break. SMSes cost R1.50

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