Founder of pioneering hip hop outfit Black Noise as well as judge on ETV’s reality dance show Step Up or Step out, Emile YX? is celebrating his 45th birthday “B-boy to being a Man” party and the official launch of his fifth album “Mixed Mense” at Princess Vlei, in Grassy Park (Cape Town) on Saturday 20 July. The album will be on sale at the event for R80.
The album has 12 tracks, mostly Afrikaans, and has its roots in the history of Emile’s work in social activism and the album title also serves as a project Emile started. In 2004, after returning from Scandinavia, Emile started one of many free classes offered at CAFDA, in Grassy Park, for youth from the communities of Retreat, CAFDA and Lavender Hill. Nine years later, some of these young men are still dancing and wished to learn to rap as well as pursue their ambition to make a living from their skill. Instead of lecturing them, Emile created “Mixed Mense”, which served as Heal the Hood Projects’ practical performance school.
09:30 – 10:00 Meet & Greet, Introduction, Sign Petition, Prayers
10:00 – 11:30 Walk around the Vlei
11:30 – 13:00 Drum Circle with Break-dancers, Capoeiristas, etc
13:00 – 15:00 Braai and Performance
Performance Schedule: (If it rains, the event will move indoors)
13:00 – 13:30 Launch of Mixed Mense CD and performance of Princess Vlei Song. Sharing of Princess Vlei video via blue-tooth
13:30 – 14:00 Black Noise re-launch new group, song & video
14:00 – 15:00 Various other Artists (To be confirmed)