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Emile YX? Celebrates 30 Years In Hip Hop With The Launch Of His 4th Solo CD

December 18, 2012
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Legendary Emile YX?, Step Up or Step Out judge on E-TV and one of the pioneers of hip-hop in South Africa celebrates an astonishing 30 years in Hip-Hop. Emile started break-dancing in 1982 and will tour 30 communities in the Western Cape until the end of December 2012 to perform and share his experience with interested young Hip Hoppers.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Emile YX? has completed his 4th solo CD called Born and Bred on the Cape Flats. This CD is a collaboration with local and international artists from Sweden, USA, Senegal, Italy, and Switzerland. This 12 track album will be released with a music video called “Born and Bred on the Cape Flats” that has already been played on MTV, USA.

30 leg tour

The tour kicked off on 4 November 2012 and features two of Emile’s break-dance students that have been with him for the last eight years. Stefan Benting and Leroy Philips are young dancers from Lavender Hill. They are now imparting what they were taught by Emile to youth in CAFDA, Lotus River, Ottery, Parkwood, Elsies River and Bellville South through the Heal the Hood project to do this job.

Emile’s tour of the Western Cape aims to grow the database of youth artists, teach kids for free in each town and show a documentary of the work Heal the Hood does. The documentary From B-boys to Being Men was screened at Encounters Festival last year and already screened in Sweden, USA and Austria. Emile is planning to teach and leave a copy of his Break-dance / B-boy syllabus in each area they visit.

Heal the Hood

Emile YX? has always been known for his on-going plight to uplift the youth from disadvantaged communities. He created created an NPO called Heal the Hood Project to handle all the outreach projects and work that he initiated over the years. The project has since fund-raised money and sent more than 115 artists to international competitions and developmental workshops.

On Born and Bred on the Cape Flats, he has also worked with a teenage girl from Mitchell’s Plain and boys from Lavender Hill, Delft, Belhar and Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats. This is the first time that some of the local kids have been in a studio or recorded their voices. Four of his students won the national break-dancing championships and represented South Africa at the World Championships in France last month.

For more information on the work of Emile YX?, visit www.healthehood.org.za.

Emile YX? Jansen of Hip Hop Group Black Noise 

Emile Jansen aka Emile YX?, B-Boy War-lock or A-free-can 1, was born in 1968 in Grassy Park on the  Cape Flats. Emile has been involved with the hip-hop culture since 1982. He started as a b-boy for Pop Glide Crew and later was a founding member of the legendary South African Hip-Hop Group, Black Noise. Emile qualified as a teacher at Wesley Training College and taught at Battswood Primary for three years before selecting to teach through hip-hop culture. He is considered to be one of the Godfathers of South African Hip-Hop and continues to be an active B-boy, MC, Graffiti artist and hip-hop activist.

In 1990 he published Da Juice Hip Hop and Youth Magazine. In 1994 he assisted with local voters’ education with Black Noise touring communities nationally to encourage democracy. He has created numerous hip-hop events and projects like African Battle Cry 1997, Heal the Hood Project since 1998, Battle of the Year South Africa since 1999, African Hip Hop Indaba 2000, Shut Up Just Dance since 2005, Our Hip Hop since 2006 and has sent dancers to the world champs in Germany. Earlier this year he sent 5 dancers to work in Afrika! Afrika! musical in Germany.

Emile currently manages Black Noise and has secured tours for the group to Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, USA and The Netherlands. Emile has rhymed on and released seven CDs with Black Noise, one solo CD named “Who AM I” and a collaborative CD with Angolan MC, Jamayka Poston named Conquering Lions. Since 1995 he has released six compilation CDs and albums for Plain Madnizz, Isaac Mutant, Lionz of Zion and Ancient Men. The song “Who Am I” has just been selected to be released on an Afro-lution Compilation in England.

In 1995 he wrote a booklet called “What is Hip Hop?” and in 2004 saw the release of instructional DVDs “Hip Hop How To Vol # 1 & 2″. His latest self-published and distributed book, “My Hip Hop is African and Proud” has been released in 2005.

For more information, go to www.emileyx.co.za

Sponsorship for USA

Celebrating 30 years of Hip-Hop in South Africa, with 30 days of free workshops, 30 days of school fund-raisers to pay for a trip to the USA and 30 days of 30 000 people donating R10 each for Heal the Hood Projects ongoing work.

Emile Jansen, one of South Africa’s Hip-Hop Pioneers has been invited to speak and perform at Trinity University and Miami University in 2013 in the USA. They are aware of the work that Emile has been doing with Heal the Hood Project and Black Noise in South Africa and thus also asked some of the youth that he has taught to come along. Emile has decided to try and raise the funds for Afrikaans and isiXhosa speaking MCs to be part of the trip and create an on going exchange between SA and the USA.

The flights and visas will cost R16 500 per person for six people.  They need to raise R99 000. The participants are:

Emile Jansen – Co-ordinator, Rapper, South Africa’s Hip Hop Pioneers

Angelo van Wyk – DJ, Producer, break dancer and rapper

DAT - isiXhosa rapper, community activist and father of Spaza rap

Stefan Benting – Rapper, break dancer

Leroy Phillips - Rapper, break-dancer

Simon Witbooi – Afrikaans and Gospel Rapper


30 days of free workshops have already begun as part of African Battle Cry.

30 days of school, church, organization and community fund-raisers will begin soon. If you want to include your school in a Hip Hop Day consisting of a screening of Heal the Hoods documentary called “From b-boys to Being Men”, book launch about local hip hop history, talks about the mathematics of survival “from dream to reality”, making it as an artiste or creative person and last talk is about “rap, race and identity”, call Emile at 0823958125

30 days of 30 000 people donating R10 begins on the 30th November 2012, feel free to donate to: Heal the Hood Project – Donations, Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa Limited, Branch: Blue Route, Account number:- 072055065, Branch Code:- 025609, Swift Code:-SBZAZAJJ

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