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HIP-HOP ASSOCIATION (article first published : 2002-06-10)

Currently studying for a BAMus degree, Victor Mhaladi (“Koolvee”) formed the University of Natal Hip-Hop Association last year. UND-HHAS is officially recognised by the SRC and was formed to create a platform whereby Hip-hop Emcees and patrons could meet and discuss issues related to Hip-hop music. Activities include workshops and performances, which cover Hip-hop history and news, rhyming, dancing, composition, writing lyrics, Deejing, and recording.

“One may ask what is Deejing anyway?,” says Victor Mhaladi. “I'll start by saying it is not just chaining tracks together into one long continuous piece of music. It’s all about how you mix your records, and the order in which you mix them can make or break an atmosphere. A DJ is a musician who is using music to make music. The turntables, mixer and records make up one of the most versatile and complex instruments imaginable.

“Still, this does not do credit to the most important thing about Deejing. The ultimate goal for a Deejay is to create something magical with the audience, to make time stop, to create a natural high, or more down to earth, at least give the crowd a great time and rock da party. “

Supported by Fubu clothing company, UND-HHAS’s network is expanded to radio stations, record companies, nightclubs, promoters, sponsors, record stores, musicians and deejays. It also reaches to communities outside of the UND campus.

Among the stated our objectives is the development of an appreciation of the use of music in present-day commercial entertainment as well as to discover areas in music for personal achievement. Other aims are to promote, encourage and support the preservation, understanding, appreciation and dissemination of Hip-hop music through a series of performances and workshops.

The organisation works in collaboration with some Hip-hop groups around Durban and is looking forward to attending the African hip-hop indaba #3 workshop hosted by the Black Noise group which takes place from July 17 to 21 in Cape Town. More details of this event from Emile on 082 395-8125 or 021 706-0481 or e-mail emiley@mweb.co.za

More information about UND-HHAS from Victor Mhaladi on 031 260-1329, fax 031 260-1463 or e-mail: koolvee@yahoo.com




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