Black Noise to Perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

OMC_18_coverSmallSOUTH Africa’s longest-surviving hip-hop crew, Black Noise, has been confirmed to perform as part of the One Mic Festival in Washington, DC, in the United States.

One of the founding members of Black Noise and hip-hop/breakdance pioneers, Emile YX?, has said that the development comes just in time to celebrate Black Noise’s 26th anniversary. Three of the members going on the trip are younger than the group itself.

In 2013, Emile YX? started “Mixed Mense”, the Heal the Hood Projects Practical Hip Hop School. Two of these students – Stefan Benting, aka B-boy Mouse, and Leeroy Phillips, aka B-boy Malis – got to travel to the Kalahari with Emile last year; this year they will get to travel and perform on one of the biggest stages in the world.

While others have spoken about the township problems of gangsterism and drugs, these young men have worked hard to make a living from their passion.

The MCs/rappers leave on 18 March for Atlanta for a conference on the hip-hop culture in South Africa. They will then join the rest in Washington, DC. The group then leaves for Connecticut for the Trinity Hip-Hop Festival. Emile YX? will also talk at Stanford University.

On their return to South Africa, Black Noise plans to tour the country and release a new CD. Emile YX? will release his fourth book to coincide with the South African tour.

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