My Hood Comes Alive!

More than ten rappers with the ability to spit fire when provoked and b-boys are billed to perform at this year’s first installment of Luv Ur Hood Hip Hop sessions. Seasonally themed Marope Reya ma ja in line with the Winter season the show on the first week of June promises to live up to the reputation of these ghetto story-telling occasions modeled after traditional camp-fire tales where oral literature was imparted. In the Afrika we lost knowledge was inculcated over campfire by the elders and the same went for literature. Stories passed from one generation to the next without having been written down.

Organisers of the gig Masta H and Mr Doo told Kasiekulture that while they are bringing the house down with raw indigenous lyrics and other facets of hip hop this Winter show will also promote entrepreneurship and life-skills. They are not the ones who see rap as being an art for the starving but a platform which if well-explored can make businesspeople out of emcees. “We want businesspeople from around Bushbuckridge to come aboard and sponsor aspects of this session. We want them to emulate the example of Geesound Promotions who have been our sound system sponsor since we started. They need to understand that this is part of our celebration of Youth Month and welcoming the FIFA World Cup to our shores” said Masta H, urging business to come aboard. Businesspeople can, according to the two organisers buy and print t-shirts, sponsor prizes or just pump money into the event.

Mr Doo added that they have engaged Love-Life – the youth sexuality and lifeskills organisation to use the opportunity to inculcate life skills on the youth who grace the sessions. “We want to see more women emcees coming through as we currently only have one and we need more”, he said. Familiar faces billed to perform include the lyrical genius Mr Doo, the spitfire Masta H, silent assassins The Mighty Killaz, gigabyten 3G and suave Katsuko. Katsuko will also bring some emcees from Gauteng to share skills with locals.

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality is showing commitment and we are currently awaiting their input. We hope for more youth taking part since this is our way of taking the youth away from the streets and channeling their energies into an avenue worth pursuing” said Masta H. He said he was impressed with the co-operation they seem to be receiving from their municipal regional manager.

Dwarsloop based rapper/entrepreneur and blogger Tshwarelo eseng Mogakane of Makgema Entertainment is also expected to perform and retail his two CDs Hit List and Chisa Spankan’ Vol I at the sessions. The last session of 2009 was graced by Kwani Experience’s Nkoto Malebye who delivered a freestyle performance, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Katsuko says they hope to hold their next session at the newly completed Shatale Community Park which will be a Fan Park during the FIFA games.

The Luv Ur Hood session will be held on 5 June 2010 at Kabila’s Car Wash. They start at 13h00 and entrance is free. Anyone wanting to take part should contact Katsuko or Masta H at +27720320805 and +27761609278. Anyone willing to sponsor can email Katsuko at km1984@live.co.za or hook up with him on Facebook/Khutso ‘Katsuko’ Malele.

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