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Black Noise, Cape Flats, South African Hip Hop Group, Signs a Record Deal

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13 May 2002 No Comment

Black Noise, just returned from a 2 month Swedish tour with news that they have signed a recording deal with Swedish Record Label, Integral Music Group. The new album, expected to be released early next year, in conjunction with an international documentary about Capoeira and breakdancing.

Black Noise then took their “Heal the ‘Hood” concept to schools in Sweden, discussing issues ranging from Cape Flats life, the good people and beauty of South Africa never seen on travel programmes, global racism, drug abuse, AIDS, capitalism vs ubuntu in South Africa, hip hop as a tool to address youth issues, developing skills in hip hop and the music industry. The Swedish tour started in Gothenburg schools, where the record label spotted Black Noises’ powerful performance and community conscious positive message. Black Noise then participated in the European Abada Capoeira Championships by performing, doing breakdance workshops and entering breakdance competition against Ultimate Breakers, which they won. One of Black Noise members also got graded with an orange belt. Black Noise toured 45 schools throughout northern Sweden. They also supplied entertainment at the World Children’s’ Prize, which was won by South Africa’s’ hero, Nkosi Johnson. Then the entire tour culminated in a Heal the ‘Hood concert, which gave exposure to MCs, DJs and Breakdancers from all the towns we visited.

Heal the ‘Hood was such a huge success that 13 Swedish youth, male and female, breakdancers, lockers and DJs will attend the 3rd African Hip Hop Indaba in Cape Town, from the 17th July – 21st July 2002. The South African Breakdancing Championships, Battle of the Year, will take place on the 19th July as part of African Hip Hop Indaba and the money from tickets sales will send South Africa’s best breakdancers to the World Breakdancing Champs in Germany to represent South Africa. This is the 6th year that Black Noise will send a team to the World Champs at which South Africa has won 3rd and 4th in 1997 and 2000 respectively. We do this event with or without sponsors. It is Cape Towns’ beautiful people that send the best dancers to the world champs by merely attending the event. For tickets call 082 395 8125

The Swedes are interested in touring schools, exchanging ideas and teaching dance to youth from schools in Cape Town. Black Noise also intend starting “Heal the ‘Hood groups at schools throughout the Western Cape and later the rest of South Africa to encourage support for local talent and develop talent of youth. This will include recording rappers, singers, poets, comedians and putting artist’s drawings and designs in Da Juice Magazine. It also involves discussions to encourage respect for self and being AFRICAN. If you or your school is interested in African Hip Hop Indaba, Heal the ‘Hood project or Battle of the Year please call Emile @ (021) 7060481 or 0823958125 or mail:- emiley@mweb.co.za

Yours in Edu-tainment and Afro-cation
Emile YX? “Jansen”

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