Emile YX? celebrates 30 years of Hip Hop in South Africa with the release of his 4th solo album “Born and Bred on the Cape Flats”. Emile started break-dancing in 1982 and will tour the 30 communities in the Western Cape starting on the 4th November 2012 to perform and share his experience with interested young Hip Hoppers.
This CD is features collaborations with local and international artists from Sweden, USA, Senegal, Italy, Switzerland, Australia to a teenage girl from Mitchells Plain and boys from Lavender Hill, Lotus River and Khayelitsha. This is the first time that local kids have been in a studio or recorded their voices. This 12 track album will be released with a music video called “Born and Bred on the Cape Flats”. Emile will launch the album with a 30 leg tour that features 2 of his break-dance students, Stefan Benting and Leroy Philips that have been with him for the last 8 years.
Both now teach break-dancing to youth in CAFDA, Lotus River, Ottery, Parkwood, Elsies River and Bellville South under the Heal the Hood project which Emile created in 1988. The project has since fund-raised money and sent more than 115 artists to international competitions like Battle of the Year. and developmental workshops. Three dancers that were part of the Heal the Hood Kemoja Project and a female dancer that was part of Heal the Hood Hip Hop School a few years ago will represent South Africa at the World Championships in France next month.
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 in Sweden, USA and Austria. To include your town or community in the tour and get a free monthly newsletter, contact Emile on his twitter handle @EmileYX