From Hip Hop Street Art in Mitchell's Plain to Careers They Can Sustain
Hip Hop Graffiti Art first emerged on the streets of Mitchells Plain during the mid 80’s, ever since it can be seen all over South Africa, graffiti has used in various forms whether it was “political protest art”, business or corporate ID, graffiti artists were now been commissioned to do small business shop fronts, ad agencies are using graffiti in television ads, stage backdrops and building décor. Graffiti Art culture has become a sustainable career for many artists.
The Graff Writers – Exhibits & Live Painting
Graffiti Artist “Prefix66” will be having an exhibition of his work and some of his paintings will be on sale.
Mak1one, Care One Love, DFeat Once, Urban Khoi Soldier, SergeONE and Gogga The Devastator will be painting live on special boards specially installed for the event.
Mak1one who partnered with Best of Ekapa in the creation of the Back 2 Basix event is an internationally acclaimed graffiti artist living and working in Cape Town. He has been painting graffiti since 1989.
In addition to his work bringing colour to Cape Town, he runs regular workshops for learners and collaborates with a number of groups including Heal the Hood.
For more info on the graffiti writers who are participating please visit the Best of Ekapa Hop Hop Facebook Page.
Jamming with Vinyl Selektas
The earoSOUL graffiti artists will be doing their thing as they and expo visitors get grooving to the tunes mixed up by vinyl DJ’s Triple Crown, C4, D-Form and realROZZANO.
Unlike what most people think, vinyl DJ’s do not strictly play old outdated music and some fairly recent tracks have been released on wax so there will definitely be a few surprises for those with a keen ear.
Lyriks 4 Cash Rap Battles
Rappers will be pleased to know that there will be a Lyriks4CashBattle with a R500 Cash Prize!
The format for the Rap Battles will be announced on the day.
Pop-up Merchandise Stalls
Artists’ CD’s, DVD’s, T-shirts, tracksuits, caps & vinyl records will be on sale.
Artists and brand owners interested in getting their merchandise into the Fifth Element Live pop-up store or are considering renting a spot for a stall of their own can contact Rozzano on 072-424-3360 or Ryan on 084-242-4455.
Best of Ekapa Hip Hop Event Breakdown
The Best of Ekapa Hip Hop has its beginnings during 2010 at the well known live music venue: The Purple Turtle situated in the city CBD.
Over the years Best of Ekapa has become one of the foremost platforms for local artists to show their skills, sell their product and network with fellow industry heads.
Since its inception, of the over 130 local artists who have performed at BoE events, quite a few have managed to establishing sustainable careers within the music industry. Some of the prominent local artists featured at BoE events include Hemel Besem, Khanyi, Youngsta, Isaac Mutant, Jerome Rex, Pinki & the Bruin as well as Cream.
Best of Ekapa Hip Hop has also featured international artists: Jean Grae, Pharoah Monch and Onyx.
BoE events are aimed at practitioners and fans of the hip hop culture as well as promoting and developing a sustainable local hip hop industry.
Most importantly uniting the huge hip hop community dispersed around the Western Cape and to satisfy the hungry hip hop consumer’s thirst for authentic local Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-Soul & Reggae music.
With the BoE Events Mission Statement that says ‘Unite/Network/Develop/Build’ we at Bruinou.com have aligned ourselves with the Best of Ekapa vision of building social cohesion through Hip Hop.
Hosting the event at Guga S’Thebe Cultural Centre in Langa as opposed to a venue in a former Coloured or former white area or in the middle of the city was a conscious decision aimed at building social cohesion by taking events into different spaces and different neighbourhoods in order to break down the societal barriers that were originally designed through Apartheid spatial planning.
Bruinou.com has on a few occasions partnered with Best of Ekapa on events and though we are not fully on board as a partner with this specific event, we proudly give them our full support.
Venue Guga S’Thebe Cultural Centre
Address Washington Drive, Langa
Date Saturday 26th January 2019
Time 12:00pm midday til 12:00am mid-night
Facilities Safe Parking / Clean Toilets / Strict Security
Food & Beverage on Sale
Braai Facilities available
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Best of Ekapa Hip Hop
NPC No: 2017/459464/08
No 107, Northern Heights, 85 Voortrekker Road, Parow, Cape Town
Tel: 021-838-8869 Fax: 086-646-3930
Directors: Rozzano Davids (072-424-3360), Jill Williams (084-077-6630), Ryan Swano (084-242-4455)