Black Noise was formed in 1988 in the Cape Flats, South Africa. Along with Prophets of da City, the Hip Hop outfit is considered one of the first Hip Hop crews in the country. The group was mainly comprised of activists. “Questions” is one of the songs that portrays the group’s political stance and asks about the suffering endured by South Africans during the Apartheid era. The track was released in 1998 and is taken off the group’s third album titled “Hip Hop Won’t Stop.”
Black Noise’s music is still very relevant. The country may have freed itself from the clutches of Apartheid but ordinary South Africans still have to fight the overwhelming poverty prevalent in most of the country, a mostly corrupt government, and some of the highest crime levels in the world. Although Black Noise still exists today, Emile YX Jansen is the only remaining founding member.
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Jansen now uses the group for youth development initiatives in South Africa. He established a non-profit organization called Heal the Hood and has been instrumental in launching landmark Hip Hop events including Shut Up and Dance, African Battle Cry as well as the Hip Hop Indaba which is held annually. The group’s 2001 album “Circle of Fire” was a tribute to the Brazilian slaves’ martial art Capoeira.
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