HIP HOP FESTIVAL OPENS DOORS FOR YOUNG ARTISTS
Written by: Mfundo Mabaso
The 2016 Hip Hop Festival was an epic event that put the city of Durban to a standstill on Saturday evening at the Moses Mabhida People’s Park.
Hlubi Radebe, founder of the event said that it is now rated amongst the biggest events the country hosts annually.
“This all began three years ago. It started off as a one-day concert and has evolved into a Youth Development Programme which is a youth hip hop programme. A lot of programmes began in February going all the way to October where we find talent,” said Radebe.
“We saw that this movement is alive and there is talent in KZN and we need to nurture it. Ten of the young artists performing at this event will be travelling to New York to (attend) a music conference and events that happen there.”
The artists that performed in front of the crowd received a positive response from thousands in attendance.
One of the hip hop groups said, “We would love for more opportunities like these to happen. We would also love to see more of the prominent artists mingling with us just like how they do in this event and we appreciate it.”
The event included well-known artists such as Kieran ‘AKA’ Forbes, Casper Nyovest, Kwesta, Dreamteam, Ma-E, K.O, Emtee, amongst others.
AKA emphasised on the new struggle the youth of this country is facing post 1994.
“Follow your dreams. Dreams are not just about dreaming; it’s hard work, sacrifices, having a plan, getting together with like-minded people who think like you and as motivated as you are. The struggle of pre-1994 is over and we’re facing a new struggle now which is about making the most of the opportunities that we have in our country as young people,” said AKA.”
“South African hip hop is huge and this time around we did it without any international acts and we’re just doing it for ourselves,” he added.
The event aims to continue opening doors and working hand-in-hand with young artists to contribute to the South African music industry.
*Caption: AKA performing for a crowd at the festival