Heal the Hood Project hosted the 19th annual African Hip-Hop Indaba last week.The group gathered to compete for national titles in solo MC battles, all styles, krump, popping junior b-boy/b-girl, best dance crew, as well as the crown prize – the battle of the year – the one-on-one b-boy title.The crown entitles the winner to an all-expenses-paid trip to represent South Africa at the Snipes International Battle of the Year competition which takes place in Montpellier in France on Saturday 17 November. The event kicked off on Thursday at Alliance Francaise in Loop Street with a screening of the French b-boy documentary Vagabonds Revive. This was followed by a free b-boy fusion workshop at Alliance Francaise Mitchell’s Plain during the afternoon and followed later in the evening by the Cape Town prelims for the Rock the Mic solo MC performance battle and the Battle of the Year Cape Town qualifier hosted at the Jolly Carp Organic Market in Retreat. Saturday saw youth flock in droves to the Muizenberg Civic Centre where they competed for the national dance titles and a total prize bucket of R21 000 for the winners. “We also hosted a team of break-dancers for the week of the event, who participated in the screening, workshops and event, from Reunion Island. Heal the Hood Project also showcased the learners in our Project Create workshops who performed some of their recorded songs and dance routines – some of these songs are currently at over 70 000 views on social media platforms. We would like to thank the Western Cape government’s office of the premier, Association Attitude (France), Alliance Francaise, Mak1one and the team at Handcantrol360, Food Jams, Colectif Hip-Hop 974 (Reunion Island), Cape Town Tourism and Peninsula Beverages for supporting the international exchange and the event,” says Heal the Hood Project’s Shaquile Southgate.