Back 2 Basix aeroSOUL ART & Music Expo #1 is a collab between Best of Ekapa Hip Hop, Triple Crown Sound System and graffiti artist MAK1Back 2 Basix is a collab between Best of Ekapa Hip Hop, Triple Crown Sound System and graffiti artist Mak1. The event’s focus is on graffiti and spray can artists and there will be five spray can artists painting live on the day!

The event happens at Guga S’Thebe Cultural Centre in Langa, Cape Town, on Saturday 26 January 2019 from, 12pm to 12am.

The streets of Mitchells Plain

Local hip hop graffiti art first emerged on the streets of Mitchells Plain during the mid 1980’s, and now it can be seen all over South Africa. The art form has been used in various forms, including political protest art and corporate commissions.

These days graffiti artists are often set to work on a range of works – small business shop fronts; ad agency use in TV ads; stage backdrops and building décor. Hence graffiti art culture has now become a sustainable career for many artists.

The work of graffiti artist SergeONE who's at Aerosoul
The work of graffiti artist SergeONE

Graffiti artists painting live

Graffiti artist Prefix will exhibit his work at the aeroSOUL Expo and his paintings will be on sale. The creators who you can see painting live are Mak1, Care One Love, DFeat, Urban Khoi, SergeONE and Gogga.

The Devastator will also paint live on special boards specially installed for the event.

Vinyl Dee-Jayz on the bill include Triple Crown, C4, DForm and realROZZANO. There’ll also be a Lyriks for Cash Battle. Rappers will be pleased to know that there will be a Lyriks4CashBattle with a R500 cash prize.

Expect merchandise stalls selling artists CDs, DVD’s, T-shirts, tracksuits, caps and vinyl.

Graffiti artist Urban Khoi
Graffiti artist Urban Khoi

Best of Ekapa Hip Hop breakdown

The Best of Ekapa Hip Hop had its beginnings in 2010 at  The Purple Turtle in Cape Town’s CBD. Over the years it has become the foremost platform for local artists to show their skills, sell their products and network with fellow industry heads.

Since its inception over 130 local artists have performed and some have established sustainable careers within the music industry, namely: Hemel Besem, Khanyi, Youngsta, Isaac Mutant, Jerome Rex, Pinki & the Bruin and Cream. Best of Ekapa Hip Hop has also featured international artists Jean Grae, Pharoah Monch and Onyx.

The Back 2 Basix aeroSOUL event is aimed at practitioners and fans of hip hop culture, and the organisers hope to uniting the huge hip hop community dispersed around the Western Cape. Back 2 Basix aeroSOUL Art & Music Expo #1 also hopes to satisfy the hungry hip hop consumer’s thirst for authentic local hip hop, R&B, neo-soul and reggae music. Thus the event’s mission is to unite, network and build. Food and beverages will be on sale and braai facilities will be available.

What: Back 2 Basix aeroSOUL Art & Music Expo # 1
Where: Guga S’Thebe Cultural Centre Washington Drive, Langa, Cape Town
When: Saturday 26 January 2019, 12pm – 12 am
Cover: R50
Facilities: Safe parking, clean toilets, security
Social Media: Back2Basix, Twitter: @Back2BasixCPT, Instagram: @Back2BasixCPT, Facebook: #Back2BasixCPT
Back 2 Basix aeroSOUL expo info:
Best of Ekapa Hip Hop: 021 838 8869,
Directors: Rozzano Davids 072 -424 3360, Jill Williams 084 077 6630, Ryan Swano 084 242 4455