On a mission to go to the USA

2019-08-27 06:00
The crew members are Nathaniel Smith, Bioni Luis and Michael van As.

The crew members are Nathaniel Smith, Bioni Luis and Michael van As.

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A local hip hop group called Mad CPT They prefer it written like this as its their brand name. You may change it if our rule does not allow it needs funds to perform at Coast to Coast Live competition in New York on Friday 8 November.

They will be boarding a flight to the United States of America (USA) on Wednesday 6 November and return on Tuesday 12 November.

Through various fundraising initiatives, the Woodstock-based group has so far raised just over R10 000. They still need nearly R70 000 to cover costs for the trip.

Your contribution could help make the dreams of these seven musicians become a reality. Leading member, Bioni Luis says the group hopes to make a difference and inspire others through their music.

He says: “We were approached by Coast to Coast to submit our music for a competition. And to our surprise, we ended up winning the first round.

“Us going to the USA and winning this competition will give us the funds we need to expand and establish a community centre which will house studios, equipment and facilities that will enable us to teach, train and reach the youth in our community, and also branch out and make it a movement of change nationwide,” Luis says.

He says with the limited resources the group has, they are already doing what they can to uplift local youth, but they would like to do more.

The group was founded in 2013 when youth from various communities met in Woodstock and shared a mutual hobby which eventually turned into something real; a band in 2015. The members are Luis from Woodstock, Young Frantz from Belhar, Nathaniel Smith from Parow, Luke Wolff from Table View, Michael van As from Goodwood, Maurice Wilson from Worcester and Connar Farnham from New Hampshire in the USA.

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