Despite gale-force winds hitting the Mother City over the weekend, the members of Get It Entertainment didn’t back down from their mission to make a positive change in their gang-infested community.
Hosted by rapper Young Smiley in Eastridge on Saturday afternoon, “the aim was to show the youth and others in the community that music is a solution to escaping a life of crime, drugs and gangsterism,” said Smiley.
Get It Entertainment hosted the Park Jam on the netball pitch in Buffalo street.
The area is called “The Zoo” by residents, because all the streets are named after animals.
Around 30 rappers, vocalists, musicians, and MCs joined the park jam on the packed court.
Clayton Petersen, from Get It Entertainment, says it was a huge success: “We started off the Park Jam with the acts we planned and booked ahead, but on the day, more people came up to us and asked if they can showcase their skills and help motivate the youth.
“We are happy with how the event was received because there were about 200 people in attendance.”
On the line-up was Devolution Dance Crew, Klein Fortuin, ILL Mic, Noerjah, Rossco B, Genesis Foundation, Dik Tollie, Chally, Lil Shane, K-Nines and more.
Klein Fortuin had mense screaming with excitement as he threw out kwaai lyrics that had everyone hanging on his words.
Atvance Academy, a free college in Mitchells Plain, also popped in to invite mense to sign up.
Resident Priscilla Hendricks says she enjoyed herself: “This area is full of gangs, drugs and negativity, so it’s really lekker to see how all the kids and adults can stand here today without fear of being caught by a stray bullet in the street.”