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.
Shaquile Southgate: Administrator & Event Manager
Shaquile started off as a Freestyle Dancer and MC in the 90’s and together with the crew he was part of “Base Immortal” did community events with Black Noise in their “Do for Self” Hip Hop Concerts. He joined the Heal the Hood Project team after a career in the telecommunication and contact centre industry.
Tanswell Jansen: Managing Director
Tanswell started off as a B-Boy in the 80’s at the age of 5 and often accompanied his older brother Emile to local break Dance Competitions and performances. His love for hip hop culture saw him join Heal the Hood Project after a career in financial management. He is also studied Graphic Design and interned as a Film Student with internationally acclaimed Film Maker Paul Blomgren in Sweden.
Emile Jansen: Founder & Creative Director
Emile Jansen better known as Emile YX? Is the founder of both Heal the Hood Project and Black Noise. Black Noise is one of the pioneering all element Hip Hop Crews that came out of the birth place of Southern African Hip Hop, Cape Town. Emile a qualified School teacher has been active in hip hop since its inception in 1982. He brings a wealth of experience to the organization through his example of “the mathematics of survival as an artist”. His extensive tours and teachings locally and internationally place him firmly as our spokesperson and ambassador.