Project Create to kick off in February

2019-01-29 06:00

Heal the Hood Project “Project Create” will return to schools and community centres next month.

The project sees schools on the Cape Flats

producing their own positive music videos, with one of the seven videos garnering over 130 000 views on YouTube last year. The videos were produced by learners from Parkfields Primary School, Grassdale High School, Cedar High School, Ocean View Community Centre, Plantation Primary School, Cape Town Multi-Service Centre and New Dawn Community Centre. “These videos have been making waves across Facebook, with Parkfields Primary School’s music video reaching over 130 000 views so far. Many of the learners we have reached over the last three years are looking forward to the new year’s activities,” says Heal the Hood Project’s Shaquile Southgate.

This year’s Project Create is an extension of the existing project and will kick off on Monday 4 February in nine schools and four community centres as well as taking on an additional three schools in Steenberg, Retreat, Grassy Park, Lotus River, Ottery, Lansdowne, Salt River, Hanover Park and Ocean View.“We are looking at ways to promote more schools and to get the kids to write more of their original content to get their positive messages out there, also highlighting that their communities are not what is typically seen or depicted about the Cape Flats. That there is positivity and there are youth looking forward to creating sustainable careers in the arts and community activism, getting everybody to rally behind them in these songs, which we saw specifically in Hanover Park, which is the most popular video currently,” he says.

This year’s “Project Create” will have the respective schools and community centres oversee the facilitation in music, art and dance, with new schools coming on board with the programmes on offer.

“They are taught a syllabus of various forms of the arts, we have our own syllabus for breakdancing, which is also geared to getting kids ready for the youth Olympic games in 2024. We work closely with Battle of the Year, the international breakdance body and World Breakdance Championships to create a holistic approach towards teaching kids from different age groups. We are also trying to get kids to draw and celebrate more local content, specifically tapping into the rich cultural history and roots which they find on the Cape Flats, which unfortunately the portrayal of coloureds in local news media and the history books are not in a flattering light. We are getting the kids to promote and celebrate their various cultural background and teaching them the richness which comes from the Cape Flats,” says Southgate.

The content created by the youth will be portrayed and published in a book called RAPSS (rhymes, articles, poetry, short stories and sketches), while music videos captured the learners’ outcomes of the music, dance and art classes. “In terms of the dance, we are trying to infuse more local flavour in the sense that a lot of the current dancers in South Africa are just doing the carbon copies of what they are seeing internationally, yet they are not representing a specifically South African flavour to those dance moves, which is what we are trying to promote with the creation of our own unique music, which the children learn how to rap and dance on,” Southgate says.

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