The Grassroots Arts Festival has to be one of the few consistent and progressive Hip Hop platforms in the Eastern Cape; the 24th of December 2016 marked the 6th instalment since its inception. It was held at the Black Box Theatre featuring some of the finest emcees from across the province. It kicked off with a a workshop from one of the versatile and instrumental figures in the EC, Ntsika Tyatya (a poet, manager, publicist and social media practitioner who does publicity work for both Umle and Maxhosa knitwear). The workshop was themed “How to effectively utilise social media to enhance your brand”. Thereafter, people were treated to free tattoos by Bradz Ink from Uitenhage. Subz’s step by step beat presentation was moving.
Rappers gave performances of their lives. Highlights would have to be the likes of Azi (he gave performance of his life energetic and versatile set), Lujaman (raised the bar with a dope set), Zanzolo (spat venomous raps), Isaac Wilson (had people eating out of his palms), Prince Infinite (a force to be reckoned with), Sonz of Law (stamped their authority), while Tsviel showed why he is one of the most respected EC emcees. Gxarha closed of the session with an inferno.
Khanyisa Bunu, an award winning comedian, got a standing ovation while our hosts Mic Pro and Lisah Divah kept heads entertained. All in all it was a great day for Hip Hop. Signs of growth and progression visible with the Festival supported by Opera House and Score Energy Drink. Be on the look out for The Grassroots Emcee Challenge where one rapper from the Festival will get a chance to perform at this years Back To The City Festival in Johannesburg. The 7th Annual Grassroots Arts Festival will be held on the 24th September 2017.