Heal the Hood Project, through its partnership with the Olof Palme International Centre, has been working in schools and community centres across the Cape Flats.This forms part of a Swedish and South African initiative to promote children’s rights and democracy. The project title “Project C.R.E.A.T.E.” stands for Community Rehabilitation Empowering Art Through Edutainment and is running for a four-year period, culminating next year. “One of the outcomes of the work we do with youth is to have children write songs which address the issues they are faced with in their communities, as well as celebrating the fact that the good are the majority on the Cape Flats,” says Heal the Hood Project’s Shaquile Southgate.They have been recording these songs which are all created in-house by Charlton Eftha. Steven Fortuin assists in writing the lyrics, while the rest of the team assists in creating the artwork by Andre Bozck and choreographing the dance sequences, which is done by Nicole Plaatjes and Stephen Benting. “This all culminates in the filming and editing of the music videos which are currently setting social media ablaze. Thanks to the filming and editing skills of Tanswell Jansen, a seasoned filmmaker in our stable, Heal the Hood Project will be releasing a series of music videos from our workshops within the upcoming weeks,” Southgate adds. All the youth featured in these music videos will be showcasing their talents live on stage at the 19th anniversary of the African Hip-Hop Indaba which takes place from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 October, when the main showcase will be taking place. “We invite the public to support this initiative and the youth as they speak their truth on stage,” says Southgate. V For more information and tickets contact 021 706 0481 or 071 836 3517 or buy tickets via Quicket.