Event : 8 Mai 2004 ; "Unlearn
Show" - The Hueman / Ted Savage Tribute...
"My culture is
not a tourist attraction..." Words
from Hueman who blessed us with work of the highest
calabre; an emcee from the Groundworks crew, who ascended
from this planet in March 2003. An unmistakeble voice,
an unmatched personality. He was Hip-Hop! You would
always hear him say, "yo my peoples..."
Here's to you...my peoples!!!
Listen : Extract of Hueman's track
the Groundworks - "Demolition : The Me-Story"
here to listen
Shouts out first and foremost
to Tad Savage, Kingpin, Mark Judah & Devious who
already passed flesh from this 3rd dimension. Their
work here on our space-ship Mother Earth was fullfilled
and their life-forces were more needed somewhere else;
somewhere in this (multi-dimensional-) universe. Peace
to the gods!!
These photos were taken by Iggy from Oil Spills Productions
outside Neekay's house in Guguletu (a Cape Town ghetto)
at The Tad Savage/ Hueman Tribute Show in May 2004,
organized by 'UNLEARN', underground events organizers
dedicated to showcase the illest artist in the scene.
Try to catch people you know in these photos... like
Coriander (5th Floor), T.O.P & "X" (Archetypes),
Monolinth & King Daniel (Uncanny Cessmen), Faith47,
Zwai (First Case), Domz ('UNLEARN'), Kaptain (Ground
Works), Raiko (A.N.D.), Castro, Rozanno,... and more.
||This show was
a tribute to the life and times of Hueman, for those
you who didn't know Neekay, he was an emcee from the
Ground Works crew, one of the most influencial crews
in the S.A.-underground scene. I remember checking them
out at the Brainstorm matinees days organized by 5th
Floor, which now feels like way back in dayz. But it
wasn't that long ago... was it? I guess it feels like
a span of time already passed by, but its more like
a way of seeing our growth as a movement. If you were
there, then you would know... if you weren't there,
then you need to know!
||Yeah true there
were nuff things happening on a Hip Hop tip... like
with all the other scenes for that matter. But what
really grabbed your attention was that Hip Hop was one
of the few movements (like Dance Hall too) that was
really reaching out to the ghetto's. Yeah all the parties
and shows usually took place in the centre, smack in
the middle of town. But there were a growing feeling
to take shit back to the periphery, back to the ghetto.
|Thats where most
of us really come from in anyway and thats where we
got our first intro to the Hip Hop-culture. To true
you had mad town cats that felt they were too white
to enter park jams and ghetto gigz, but in anyway that
was a lame excuse. Cause dude look around fuck! Shit
is mad integrated if you haven't woken up and smelled
|I remember one
J-sek cat (and please no disrespect here) actually telling
me for instance he didn't want to go to the Black August
show in Mitchells Plain featuring local and overseas
cats like GroundWorks, Black Thought (from the Roots),
Jeru, Dead Prez, and I don't know who..., just because
it was there. The movement really brings peoples together
from different shit... I mean like here was this Jo-burg
cat too scared to enter a Cape Town ghetto when there
were white German and Swedish girls at the the show,
fucken loving shit.
cats need to trade there balls for... You know what
I'm trying to say! Peepz need to move out of their little
comfort zone and "LIVE A LITTLE!!So yea h... yeah
I tend to go off a bit on some shit; getting a bit carried
away and all.
||So one Saterday
morning I was on my way to one of these park jams in
Gugz and took a taxi with Hueman, just weeks before
his ascention into the other world... We were conversing
about launching new projects and concepts. He had this
idea in mind:"...yo brother... I gotta stay alive...".
He said he was not trying to do anything that would
jeopardize his existence / do anything that was life-threatning...
like jump out of an aeroplane, scale a rockface, do
bad drugs... In fact he was telling me more then just
he was telling me about
his intuition, his instinctive feeling. Like he knew
without knowing... Soon after that, his work here
was finished... for now. He teached me how to live
life like there is no tomorrow, only the continuing
present tense...presented as a present worth more
then silver and gold.
Here's to you... We will
A lot more can be said about
our fallen soldiers ! In a period of about 2 years
we had to say our final goodbyes to our peoples that
really influenced, inspired and gave content (and
expression) to our idea of Hip Hop, based on our very
own, very unique S.A. experience! Thats something
that no one can fuck with; no one can erase the fingerprints,
the footprints these soldiers imprinted in our pschy.
They will always be with us...
be continued ...
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