Hip hop jam and free test­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JA­NIS KIN­N­EAR

A FREE hip hop jam to boost HIV/Aids aware­ness will give as­pir­ing young rap­pers and lo­cal artists a chance to show­case their skills – while test­ing free for HIV.

Hosted by Cape Town rap group School Of Thought, the event Hip Hop Bat­tles Aids will be held next Fri­day at the FF Eras­mus Hall in Kraaifontein.

The group de­cided to ar­range the jam a week af­ter World Aids Day be­cause they be­lieve aware­ness of the epi­demic should con­tinue long af­ter the des­ig­nated day.

They said that, since the on­set of the HIV/ Aids epi­demic about 20 years ago, the virus had in­fected more than 52 mil­lion peo­ple glob­ally. And they be­lieved the in­fec­tion rate would only in­crease.

About 95 per­cent of Aids deaths which oc­cur in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries are re­ported to be mostly among young adults. Half of all new in­fec­tions around the world are found in peo­ple aged 10 to 24.

“It’s es­ti­mated that 7 000 young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 10 and 20 are in­fected each day in the world – this is an av­er­age of five in­fec­tions a minute,” the group said.

School Of Thought uses hip-hop as an av­enue where th­ese chil­dren will learn more about the pan­demic.”

An open mic ses­sion would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for up­com­ing young rap­pers to per­form on a pub­lic plat­form.

B-boys can also bat­tle it out in a break­dance com­pe­ti­tion which will be judged by Al­fred Burgess, aka B- boy Benny, South Africa’s num­ber one break­dancer.

A free test­ing fa­cil­ity will be sta­tioned at the hall, staffed by Har­mony Clinic medics.

A va­ri­ety of live acts will per­form in­clud­ing Jean Pierre from Black Noise, Lee-ur­sus Alexan­der from As­sem­bly Ra­dio, Siep­sokkie, Hemelbe­sem, Isaac Mu­tant and Ricardo Dyson. Doors open at 6pm.

ja­nis.kin­n­ear@inl.co.za

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