Intern Rap Facilitator
Nathan is an ex-matriculant of Grassdale High School. He discovered his love for Hip Hop at a very young age and aspires to become a musician. He is self-taught at playing the piano and guitar. During his matric year he partook in the CAPS program, which resulted him rapping in a music video about democracy which was recorded and filmed by Heal The Hood Project. Nathan is the youngest member of the Heal The Hood team.
Dance and Rap facilitator
Stefan Benting was inspired by Black Noise during their activation at his school. He started attending workshops held by Heal the Hood and after a few years of attendance he was selected to do a Heal The Hood dance facilitators course.He has performed locally as well as internationally in places like Stockholm Sweden to introduce the documentary From B-Boys To Being Men at the Cinem Africa Film Festival , Washington DC at the Kennedy Center and the Trinity Hip Hop Festival in Hartford Connecticut , took part in local productions at Artscape called Mixing It Up , Break 1 and Break 2 .Stefan is also a part of a group called Mixed Mense and performed around the Western Cape in places like Kalahari , Darling ,Saldanha Bay ,Hermanus and more. Stefan also won 3 local break dance competitions at the African Hip Hop Indaba , African Battle Cry and Concrete Apostles Anniversary Battle.
Nicole is a senior dance Facilitator at Heal the Hood Project.Nicole’s main influence was obtained at Arts Vibration Incorporated 2 from the age of 12 where she excelled at various different areas, Nicole became a Senior Coordinator at Arts and also was eventually appointed to be on Arts Board as a senior coordinator. She completed her 3 year Vocational Training Certificate at La Rosa Spanish Dance Theatre and during this time she completed her certificate and also became an assistant stage manager for various productions. She assisted Heal the Hood in 2012 for the first time as a stage running manager, and worked at the African Hip Hop Indaba, Break 1 and Break 2 Hip Hop Theatre Productions hosted at the Artscape Theatre.
Andre Bozack is currently an art facilitator for Heal The Hood who has studied graphic design & fine art. He started out as a Bboy touring & assisting Emile YX? & Black Noise. From the start, he has assisted & helped out with both the African Hip Hop Indaba & African Battle Cry.
African Battle Cry Outreach ran for two weeks prior the finals 17th December. It ranged from workshops out in Mamre to Ocean View and wherever we were invited. We encouraged youth to tell their own stories and learn to love and know themselves. “Changing Minds, Changes Action”.
Windhoek, Namibia 3rd – 5th Dec Heal The Hood Project hosted workshops at the Namibian Women’s Association Conference 2016 which was held in Katatura at Jacob Marengo Secondary School. Students who attended were from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Congo & Botswana.
Music Videos Final Edits for Parkfields Primary School and the youth of Tafelsig in the Catholic Welfare & Development workshops, see the video section for the final edits.
Tanswell and Shaquile attended the Battle of the Year Partners meeting held at the worlds longest running international celebration of B-Boy and Hip Hop Culture in Essen Germany, Special thanks to Thomas Hergenröther and team for hosting the team. The team travelled on to Sweden to participate in a 8 day tour of the country participating in camps by Unga Ornar and Umea Danskollan visiting cities such as Stockholm, Upsalla, Koping and Umea. Thanks to the partners at Olaf Palme International Centre, ABF and Unga Ornar.
This year marked the 17th Anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba. Due to the continued lack of a suitable venue since we lost the the use of the Good Hope Centre we decided to partner the AHHI with the Muizenberg Festival. In collaboration with the Prohelvetia Ant Funding a collaborative dance exchange between South African and Zimbabwean dancers saw a presentation of a Hip Hop Theatre dance fusion peice titled “Breaking Divides” being presented on stage. The event is growing from strength to strength each year and caters to all ages and elements of positive Hip Hop culture.
10th – 21stOct
This 2 week school tour had Emile YX? & YoungstaCPT spoke to the youth about the reality of being artists and the need to get involved to make their dreams and goals in life a reality. In the 2 weeks we reached around 15 000 learners.