African Battle Cry this weekend

Heal the Hood Project will be hosting the annual African Battle Cry on Saturday 22 December at Jolly Carp Organic Market at 38 Sasmeer Road from 15:00 to 22:00.

African Battle Cry started as the 14th anniversary of hip-hop in South Africa in 1996.

“We were then promoting the Universal Hip-Hop Nation or the South African chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation. We hosted the event in Kraaifontein as a pilot project that would develop into a month-long hip-hop awareness and holiday programme. Each event would host workshops in all the elements of the hip-hop culture and then the evening would be a regional elimination and performance of the local talent,” says Heal the Hood’s Shaquile Southgate.

These regional events would culminate in a final that would be hosted in a Central City venue. Southgate says the event has since had visiting participants from Angola, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Germany, France, America, Switzerland, Australia, England, Morocco, Jordan and New Zealand.

“As a result of this event we have hip-hoppers in almost every community in the Western Cape. It is also due to this event that African Hip-Hop Indaba was created as a shorter national competition,” he adds.

The audience can look forward to seeing the best hip-hop dance battles, live graffiti art, and MC showcases in an amazing venue featuring two stages and chill areas. Food, merchandise and refreshments will be on sale. The performance lineup includes Project Create dancers, live graffiti by Handcantrol 360, crew DJ Thee Angelo as well as an open mic session. Dance lovers can expect to see the best junior b-boys/b-girls, two-on-two b-boy battles, krump juniors and seniors, and the open styles category. “We urge all prospective participants to enter by calling our office well in advance before the closing date of Thursday 20 December. Cover charge is R60 at the door and R40 pre-sold.”

V Call the Heal the Hood Project on 021 706 0481.

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