Sovereign of the Week: South African B-Boy and Artist- Emile Jansen

South African artist Emile Jansen has embraced the challenge of reaching out to vulnerable kids with the help of hip hop. Since the 1980s, he has been a leading force in the musical movement and now he is using his talents to help children in the Cape Town flats neighbourhood where he grew up.

In this First Person account, Jansen talks about his non-profit project Heal the Hood and how he teaches kids to dance and sing while preaching non-violence.

“We need to actually mobilize young people to actually physically find equal force in thier actions to speak out, to stand up, to talk to each other, to connect with each other, to understand the humanity, make friends. It isnt just this group of people that you randomly speak about, when they are recharged with a sense of self worth they feel a sense of love for themselves. That is projected outwards, if i look at you and I see me in you, if i love me I will love you too.


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