Self-empowerment is key to life

2019-04-02 06:00
Musical CDs and t-shirts are available for people who want to support (buy)

Musical CDs and t-shirts are available for people who want to support (buy)

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If you work for yourself you create job opportunities for others, these were words uttered by the multi-faceted artist from Grassy Park.

Emile YX? Jansen and the team, have an upcoming project, which is a continuation of what he has done in the past. It is targeting school going boys and girls and they are planning on rolling it out as soon as the second term of school resumes. He shared this news with People’s Post in an interview on Wednesday 27 March.

Tackling the concepts of self-worth and self-empowerment through the art, the training project will be hosted at various schools in Cape Town. Design, sketching, singing which includes rap and poetry are the key elements the training will cover. Fused in that will be to teach the participants about the importance of using one’s talent and gift to sustain themselves.

He said that he wanted to empower youngsters with artistic skills and also show them that they can make money through their crafts. “A lot of people do not realise the economic power they have,” he said, adding that he would like for the youngsters to grapple with the concept he described as the mathematics of survival.

Mathematics of survival, according to him, is to be able to diversify your skills.

The artist said that his wish was for children to grow up realising that they do not need to follow the conventional route of studying and end up doing a nine-to-five. He also made it clear that he does not have any agenda with education. But he expressed that he would like for the youth to use their gifts to be able to put food on the table and sustain themselves while embracing who they are in terms of languages and identity.

“Self-worth becomes visible when one sings in the language he speaks,” said Jansen who also revealed that he is planning a tour to Sweden later this year.

He works with three facilitators and they cover three schools (these schools are part of 15 schools they have identified) a day and revealed that teachers and principals, in the past have shown great interest, appreciation and enthusiasm. Hoping that they will show just as much for this upcoming one. After the training has been completed, they shoot a music video and do interviews of the participants. Those interviews help them get a sense of what impact the training has had on them.

“Some youngsters who have gone through the training have come out changed. They have a different view of themselves than they had before,” he said indicating that they heard these testimonies from the graduates of the project. He said that many of the youngsters that have attended the project have testified how they are now able to express themselves and are focussing on their skills which they also got to discover through the project.

“My wish is for Heal The Hood to be sustainable,” he said of the NGO that oversees the project.

The artist said if people were interested to be part of the movement either by sponsoring or selling their merchandise should feel free to do so. That is either for distributing CDs or selling the t-shirts.V Call the Heal the Hood Project office on 021 706 0481 or visit Heal the Hood Project’s website at


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