It all started in South Africa...In 1998, Emile Jansen of Black Noise was approached by Annette Liljefors of Svenska Rikskonserter, to co-ordinate a tour by a group of youth from Hammarkullen, Sweden, to tour schools in Cape Town, South Africa. This tour exposed youth from the Swedish immigrant community to youth from the Cape Flats. They spoke about topics of racism and xenophobia and ways of combating this around the world. The tour was called "Heal the Hood" (hood being short for neighbourhood).
...Heal the Hood was born...
Emile Jansen of Black Noise now realised the importance of interaction between various communities and PUTTING BACK INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. It was time to assist with job creation and pride building in our communities by creating the Heal the Hood Project in Sweden and South Africa. Emile Jansen of Black Noise decided to include all the community outreach projects he was initiating in Black Noise as part of the Heal the Hood Project and thus expanding the concept of putting back.
...as well as a longlasting friendship...
Then in 2000, Emile connected with a young Swedish lady named Sara Mortberg, who would tour Black Noise to Sweden after the group's visit to Battle of the year. This would re-introduce Emile to a Swedish dancer by the name of Jenny Berg, who would later visit South Africa and really like the work that the group was doing and so the Heal the Hood Group in Sweden, as well as Black Noise touring Sweden every year since 2001 would begin.
...which continues to expand
The projects now aims to expand into many countries around the world and encourage international youth interaction through arts and hip hop culture.