Hip-hop festival returns to M‘Plain

2019-11-26 06:01
Hood Hop Africa academy classes are held at the Alliance Française every Saturday.

Hood Hop Africa academy classes are held at the Alliance Française every Saturday.

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In a bid to revive and celebrate a career-starting event, a local organisation has reintroduced PowerJam, a hip-hop festival heading to Mitchell’s Plain this weekend.

Lyndon Cloete, director of Hood Hop Africa, says PowerJam was founded in 1996.

“It was one of the first hip hop movements. We are trying to bring that back to inspire the kids – it is for the new generation,” says Cloete, adding that it builds on hype around dancing as a consideration for an Olympic sport. Hood Hop Africa was founded at the beginning of this year and is run by Cloete and fellow director Elgernon van Wyk.

The PowerJam event was dormant for more than 10 years, Cloete says.

“We decided to bring it back because this is one of the jams that we started our careers at,” he says.

Cloete has personally been involved in the hip-hop and breakdance scene for around 30 years.

And to pass on their knowledge, the organisation has also started an academy at the Alliance Française in Portlands.

“It costs R200 per month but the first two lessons are free for the children to see what it is about and if they like it. The academy has been running for the past six months with great success,” says Cloete.

The classes take place every Saturday between 10:00 and 11:30.

PowerJam will feature local talents taking to the stage to show off their skills. There will also be live performances and DJ scratch demonstrations.

“Spectators can also expect to see dancers on a competitive dance scene,” says Cloete.

Tickets to the PowerJam cost R50 per person. The event will take place on Saturday 30 November at Cedar High School from 12:00 to 17:00.

  • For more information on the event or classes, email hoodhopafrica@gmail.com or call 067 717 2230 or 084 452 7741.

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