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.
Parkfields Primary and Tafelsig youth from Athlone Catholic Welfare Development were the first to record their music at SAE Institute and also the first to make their music video. Mr Eric Van Der Byl, an amazing teacher from Parkfields High, has since got their song played on Radio Sonder Grense (RSG). In the next week we will upload the first music video and then release a video each month after that. We have also recorded Athlone High, Sibelius High and Battswood Primary. Their videos will be created in the 2017. The music video initiative is supported and partly funded by the Olaf Palme International Centre, ABF, Unga Ornar, Wings of Support, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. Production, Recording at SAE Institute and mastering by Oliver Rammler (Austria)
30th Sept – 9th Oct.
This was the first time that Heal The Hood Project was asked to plan an entire 10 day Camp. Cape Town Multi-Service Centre approached Shaquile to create something interesting. Each member of HTH was asked to host programmes during the camp. 4 of HTH members stayed on site, while Emile and Tanswell came in to do their workshops and activities. Emile taught Knowledge of Self and the reality of using your creativity to survive, Tanswell taught sport games, Nicole did warm ups, Shaquile showed motivational films and hosted the potjiekos competition, Stefan taught dance and Andre taught art. We saw groups from areas such as Netreg, Clarke Estate, Kalksteenfontein and Saltriver and worked with a total of 100 youth.
Afrikaaps talk with Stefan, Emile, Janine, Adam Haupt & Shaquile. HTH explained how language was a powerful tool to divide people and how the youth on the Cape Flats. This presentation was moderated by Dr Adam Haupt from UCT and made for amazing understanding about the obstacles faced by community workers when dealing with or ignoring Afrikaaps or Kaaps, as a fundamental learning tool. Lessons learnt from the play definitely helped with Heal The Hood developmental programmes. 11th – Open Book Fest – Panel with Tanswell, Stefan & Don Pinnoch. Heal The Hood Project explained the work that they do in the communities that Don Pinnoch was writing about. His book “Gang Town” was about the history and realities of gangs in Cape Town. HTH challenged the generalization used to label the entire city of Cape Town as Gang Town in the title, perpetuating the illusion that the bad is the majority, when the reverse is the truth.
HTH compiled the 2nd in the Series of R.A.P.S.S. (Rhymes, Articles, Poetry, Short Stories & Sketches). It was also decided to publish the entire book as is. No spell-check nor fixing nor translating the Kaaps that stories and rhymes were written in. The focus would be on the story and the feeling that the persons true way of speaking or telling it, would create. We printed 100 copies of the book for the Open Book Festival the next day. It was decided that we would prepare a book each year for the launch at the Open Book Festival, starting officially in 2017.