Welcome everyone to our second issue. How exciting, even more exciting in that we have some fresh international meat in this issue. First of all Rudi Smit, a friend of mine from the great nation of South Africa, gives us an insight to the unpublicised world of Hip Hop Dance in his Home country, the quirky writings of Elana Kluner, from San Diego but currently studying in Auckland, New Zealand provides us with some essential facts in her ‘Guide to Life’, Eli Phillips, member of the previously mentioned Jireh dance crew and now residing in Sydney Australia, introduces us to an awesomely talented group of young Women tearing up the Australian dance scene, Andy Wu from Studio Wu in Singapore letting us in on a world unknown to some, we shoot to the northern hemisphere to introduce Mukhtar Omar Sharif, leader and choreographer of the 2005 World Hip Hop Championship gold medallists Plague dance crew, director of the Shadows of the Mist dance company and currently on tour in Las Vegas with the stage show Cirque Du Solei, as he lends us his extensive knowledge of the ever growing scene in the UK and last but definitely not least Andy Funk, the co-creator of the gargantuan entity that is Monsters of Hip Hop, I’ve had the honour and privilege to attend a Monster’s of Hip Hop convention in LA and Dallas and believe me, no one is on the pulse of Hip Hop in the United States more than Andy. Even further down the track you will find some special pieces from Kate Sidorava, an awesome Hip Hop photographer, a review of the 2010 NZ Hip Hop Nationals by Jordan Vahakolo and an interview with the talented NZ musician, Vince Harder. You will meet these colourful characters as you oh so carefully scavenge through each page. And of course we have our resident’s adding there flavours and ingredients to make this one spicy URL. Finally thanks to everyone for your feedback, personally and through the People’s Voice section, keep it coming, let me know what you want to read or would like to see amongst these pages. Also to all the people who entered the draw for some free stuff, check the back to see if your name was the lucky name pulled out. Happy Reading everyone Tom P.s, Check out the “Tom TV” link to my youtube channel. For the month of May I’m uploading a new video everyday as I race for 500 subscribers… that’s 31 videos! Make sure you subscribe if you haven’t already and come and join the madness.
Welcome to The Peoples Voice! This is an area for you to submit any questions you may have, and our lovely editor Tommy Rotten will do his best to answer them! Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get writing!
“Hi Tom. I love the magazine; I think its awesome reading about all these dance crews. I live in Christchurch and would love to get into Hip Hop but don’t know where to start, do you have any advice for starting out?” - V. Samson Firstly thanks for that, I appreciated. Hmmm starting out? This is going to be the hardest part, but definitely the most fun. The easiest way would be to find a dance studio near you and find out when the hip hop classes are, if you are too shy to start straight away perhaps you could go in and just watch a class first to help your confidence, once you’re ready, get in there! If your wanting to get more into crews, first I’d suggest find a group a friends or some other people who maybe want to start dancing too, it’s going to be a lot easier with people who are as into it as you are. Find some music you like and start making some sets, don’t worry about how good they look right now, first and foremost they should feel good, you don’t need to impress the worlds judges right now. Next find someone who can mix music, or download the programme yourself, Acid Pro 6.0 is really good. If you need inspiration, find some crews you like on YouTube. REMEMBER! Find inspiration for moves from other crews, don’t find the actual moves. The more you do it the easier it gets. From there you guys can start performing or entering competitions. Just keep in mind why you started dancing, not to be famous or popular but because you love it. Hope this helps. Have fun.
“Sup Tom, that story you wrote about Dziah and SAS was bad. Do you know where I can find videos of Jireh or something? I wanna see what they were like.” - J.Tua Sup Junior. Man in all honesty I’ve never seen any footage of Jireh either, their almost like an urban myth to me which is a shame. One of the other boys in SAS saw Jireh and said that’s what made him want to be on stage and be a dancer. I guess we should be happy we have YouTube to catch all the crews that are around today. But if I happen to stumble across any footage I’ll let you know.
“Nice mag! Everything has been put together so cleverly. Would love to see it in print. I would definately buy it.” - Terry Me too, maybe one day we could get it in stores, but for now let us all congregate in cyberspace. Thanks for the support.
HIP HOP NOW
anctteen D p o H p of Hi by Tommy Ro d l r o w the n i s r u flavo t n e r e f dif I am sitting at a desk in the South Side of Auckland; there is a slight breeze according to 9 and a half tree’s outside my window. I have been blowing my nose all morning and I’m listening to Kosher by Caset and Sandman who are apart of Evol P Music, some local NZ talent, check them out if you haven’t already. Obviously I’m very relaxed at the moment, you see for a few months now I’ve had an idea of what I was going to write for this issue, a gripping look at dance crew culture in NZ and all the negativity that can sometimes fly around between crews and supporters and fans and blah blah blah blah, definitely a subject that could be covered. However over the weekend the 2010 SDNZ Hip Hop Nationals took place. On this night I was sitting amongst an excited audience with Leon Huinga, another one of the SAS boys, as we both chose to have a break from this competition this year, contrary to some conjured fairy tales as to why we weren’t on stage. As we sat, we watched the crews fly by, movie quote here, flip there, a house step or two and more popping then a Sky city Cinema, crowd goes wild, crowd falls asleep. Now of course I have my opinion on what crews I think did well and which ones still need to time to grow and learn, but sometimes my opinion wouldn’t necessarily match the opinion of the majority. It’s something I’ve grown accustomed to and learnt to deal with. I can’t tell you how many times Hadleigh, another SAS member, and I have disagreed on what crews we like, it’s almost certain that whatever I think or feel about a crew, be it negative or positive, Hadz will think the complete opposite. It’s quite funny sometimes. Any way this leads to what I think a lot of supporters and maybe even dancers themselves could spend a few minutes trying to understand. Taste…
Taste I hear you say? Whatever could Tom mean? I can’t eat dance crews, well maybe Sweet and Sour or Bubble-gum but I… Ok think about it like this, why is it some people love McDonalds but not Burger King? Why some would swim an ocean for fresh fish while others just gag at the thought of it? Dominoes or Pizza Hutt, Nike or Adidas, Beyoncé or Gaga, Auto Botz or Decepticonz? What separates the two is simply taste. Now as simple as it sounds, that is a major component as to why some crews become popular, why some always seem to win and some just ride the crowd like a rollercoaster. Simply put, some people enjoy watching a particular crew, while others don’t. It could be they enjoy the style or they like the uniforms, they like what they represent, they have a friend in that crew, hell as superficial as it is, you could enjoy a crew because you think they’re hot. What I have learnt after hours of debating with Hadz is that you can’t change a person’s taste for what they enjoy, you can highlight things that you enjoy and think they will too but at the end of the day, if I don’t like burger king I’m not going to eat the damn burger! So we’re about 200 words in to this article and I know everyone is still with me, partly because this is a good story,
but even more so because it’s referring to food. Now when it comes to competitions, you have to remember judges have taste’s too, of course they have watched and studied a lot of dance, have almost definitely been in a few crews and have a lot of dance experience, therefore their taste buds are a tad more seasoned than
your average spectator. Yes there is a huge judging criteria and rules on what can and can’t be cooked but nevertheless, judges have tastes and they will judge to their crititeria and will do their best to stay tasteless. Points will be tallied, deductions accounted for, winners announced, losers patted on the back, what happens when your taste isn’t meet at the end of the day? Now this dilemma is where all our problems are being cooked. In my previously mentioned story I had the following
lines already written “Dancing is an art and we should be treating each other like painters and sculptures” very deep and insightful don’t you think? Well it is very applicable to this story also. Think of each dance crew as a chef, and a competition as a cake baking competition. Unless you wear a wrist watch as a belt and have a zumba body, the best part of a cake is eating it! Yes it’s a competition and the judges will look at the icing and the layers and it’s a shape but at the end of the day, baking a delicious cake you love and sharing with an audience to feast on should be the goal. Instead we have learnt how to love chocolate cakes, spit on vanilla, squash any cake with too many colours and made t shirts, custom new era caps and Bebo fan pages about our cakes. I saw an awesome example of some extravagant chefs who baked a beautiful cake exactly how they wanted to over the weekend. Their name? Vogue. If you didn’t see them, let me try and explain. Think of 8 flamboyantly dressed male models working a run way with the no thought or fear about how they are being perceived. I know a lot of the dancers in this crew and what they have created is genius. You see they are the type of guys that would sit in a 2 minute routine and wait… patiently pacing
Bubblegum themselves... waiting for their time to shine.. A raunchy Ken Dahl song plays, it is vogue time. These guys love the thrill of being centre stage with all eye’s on them working it like a true diva and believe me they do not care if you enjoy it or not. Now that is the sign of a true chef. These guys took that tiny piece of icing that they enjoyed and made a whole personality, style and dance crew around it. They baked exactly how they wanted to, put as much icing as they wanted, put a million candles and fireworks shooting out of the cream. And guess what? THE CROWD LOVED THEM! People after it were talking about how spectacular and exciting they were. They created a routine based around their tastes and what they enjoyed and the crowd responded. Even if some of the audience didn’t share the same tastes, people appreciate integrity and those who stick to their tastes and flavours, regardless of what everyone else is cooking. Honesty and integrity as an artist will never be overlooked, those who are true to their style and true to themselves will always gain praise as being individuals which I think a lot of people overlook. Crowds aren’t stupid, they can tell when your cake looks strangely familiar to the cake that one last years’ bake sale. Instead of baking the recipe the world is telling us to make, we should be dancing however the hell we want to, that way we can start enjoying our creations as a buffet full of flavours and colours, instead of treating it an episode of master chef. My challenge to you, try a new flavour, wear a new colour, listen to a new genre of music and really try and enjoy it. Don’t be content with only the flavours you have tried so far, there’s a whole world of tastes’ out there to be discovered. Who knows, you might just surprise yourself. In conclusion, I am hungry.
w o h s S R E T S N O M e th y Funk
Cast selections for the 6th Annual Monsters Show are just days away and even though I’m thousands of miles away from many of this year’s finalists, I can feel their anticipation… their hope. Or maybe it’s my own nervousness starting to kick in. This process, and it is quite a process, generates a mixed bag of emotions for my wife and I that’s difficult to put in to words. When we created Monsters almost eight years ago, we sought out to create real career opportunities for commercial hip hop dancers, not just present a trophy to collect dust. Step one was to bring the world’s top working and most influential choreographers to the people. From day one, relationships were born which have lead to countless dance jobs. After a few years, we felt the itch to expand on those opportunities. We searched for a way to really develop and launch the careers of those who would become the industry’s most sought-after professional dancers. In 2005, Monsters of HipHop: The Show was born. We had not produced a single event in Los Angeles and yet we set out to fill three shows at the famous El Portal Theatre. Not knowing exactly what we were doing, we studied, researched and pulled together and unbelievable lineup of
choreographers who volunteered their time and talents. Napoleon & Tabitha Dumo stepped up to write and ultimately direct the first Monsters Show with contributions from Marty Kudelka, Dave Scott, Rhapsody, Kevin Maher, Mr. Wiggles & Popin’ Pete to name a few. The world-renowned Jabbawockeez performed and became a fixture of the Show for several years to come. (By the way, don’t miss The Jabbawockeez in their own feature show MUS.I.C. (musei-see) opening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in May.) Of course we had high expectations for The Show, but couldn’t have imagined that in five short years that it would have developed into what it is today. Looking back on the inaugural show cast, they truly set the standard and laid the groundwork for today’s up and coming dancers. The 2005 Cast included Tony Testa, who at 23, has fully established himself as a choreographer, having created work for Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Disney’s ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’, Miranda Cosgrove from Nickelodeon’s ‘icarly’, and So You Think You Can Dance Holland. Most recently he had the honor of working with Michael Jackson on his final tour, “This Is It,” and
choreographed Kylie Minogue’s first tour of the USA. He is currently the Assoc. Director for a burlesque show in London’s west end called “The All New Hurly Burly Show.” Additionally, well-known dancers like Tucker Barkley, Laura Edwards, Brittney Stewart, Tre Holloway, Ryan Chandler, Frances Manzo and more came through Monsters’ first LA Show. Their combined list of credits in both dance and choreography is unprecedented in the convention industry and include: Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey, plus countless films, videos and television shows. 2008 Show Cast member, JaQuel Knight, went on the win the VMA for Best Choreography for Beyonce’s hit “Single Ladies: Put A Ring On It”. Over the years, this list has continued to grow and make us very proud. What exactly is The Monsters Show and how does it work? Throughout each season’s convention tour, four to six finalists are selected in each city and we rotate the audition choreographers from city to city so that a variety of styles are represented. Finalists receive a VIP Tour Pass which enables them to attend unlimited Monsters conventions free for one year. The finalists are videotaped at the conclusion of each weekend and at the end of the tour, the Monsters faculty meets to review the footage and narrow the cast to about 14 dancers. The months leading up to this point are filled with planning, scheduling and working with the faculty to develop a
new story for the show! Fast forward to this weekend… The video is ready, we’ve collected almost all the headshots and the faculty eagerly awaits our Sunday night get-together! For you sports fans out there, this is our equivalent of the NFL Draft! Allow me to paint you a picture of exactly how this Sunday is gonna go down… The finalist video is arranged per city from beginning to end. Becky and I will lay out the headshots and resume of each finalist as their footage is played. I’ll remind the choreographers which city it is and who choreographed the piece. They’ll make notes, talk about the performances, and sometimes even argue about them. Each choreographer has different likes and dislikes, and notice people for different reasons. One dancer may have forgotten a section of choreography but their performance element was amazing, or they remembered them smashing it in class. Others may be impressed with a dancer but have concerns about how they might look doing their style. This goes on and on for hours, and it seems as though each year gets more difficult as the level of talent increases. I have a feeling we’re in for a marathon meeting this year! After the faculty finalizes the cast, comes the most exciting and most difficult part. This Show is very, very special to Becky and I and we consider each of these “kids” one of our own. We spend two weeks together; at times 15 hours a day, pushing them, taking care of them (sometimes to the hospital), seeing their
highs and lows and ultimately celebrating their hard work in front of sold out screaming audiences. Calling the newly selected cast members is the most rewarding part of this entire process. From tears and bone-rattling screams to silent disbelief, knowing how much that call means makes it all worthwhile. That also leaves the most difficult and heart-wrenching side for us; knowing the disappointment that those who do not receive the call must be feeling. It is always our hope that they will turn that disappointment into a greater desire to train and to work even harder to improve at their craft. In many instances, dancers are show finalist for 2 or 3 years before actually being selected for the show. We are all very excited to welcome the 2010 Cast into the family! Stay tuned to monstersdance.com to meet them. The Monsters Show will be held at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA August 6-7, 2010. Shows do sell out in advance so be sure to purchase your tickets soon. Also, don’t miss Monsters’ week-long dance intensive August 2-7, 2010. Register online at monstersofhiphop.com or call 888.566.6787.
Vince Harder Interviewed by Tommy Rotten
By now you all know Vince Harder, that soulful voice gliding in between the beats of the P-Money collaboration ‘Everything’. Vince is the epitome of hard work, working on his craft for almost 10 years honing his performing skills. Vince was apart a before mentioned crew Jireh and was also cast as Simba in the production ‘Lion King’. With a soulful voice and r’n’b oozing out of him, Vince stands as a true musician amongst an era of auto tuned ‘music artists’… Family Nickname: just plain ol’ Vince Inspiration to start performing: family, growing up my older brother was an awesome guitarist and all round musician, my sister was full on into dance. My mother’s side are very musical, I still have an uncle in Samoa who is performing and recording. He’s been doing it for as long as I can remember Shoe size: 11 US Favourite City in the World: Sydney, all the big city things with the optional 2hr 30min flight home... nice Least favourite celebrity: haha I can’t really say, whoever I think at the time maybe... right now, it’s nobody 4 items you can’t live without: wallet, keys, phone and toothbrush 4 items you could live without: I wouldn’t call these 4 things ‘items’, but, i could live without ‘clutter’, bebo, a few FB friends (hehe) and CD’s coz they’re Obsolete Best place you’ve performed: Hollywood High, Hollywood, it was random but it was cool to show the Americans that NZ’s got talent. Ha! Who would you like to work with: Donald Trump Worst place you’ve travelled to: my mates toilet..? jokes lol. Ramona CA, USA, not far from the Mexican border, the motel looked like a horror movie that starred John Cusack If Vince Harder were a car,he would be a? Ferrari Enzo yuss! Was this the best interview you’ve done in the last 2 minutes? I will answer ‘yes’. Hot off the Press! As we were in the editing process, Vince dropped his new single “Say This With Me” Be sure to check it out at www.vinceharder.com
by Gerald K. The only thing that was missing that night was Beyonce herself but ďŹ ve lads representing Singapore thrilled and teased the audience and judges with their all-Beyonce numbers to be crowned as the Group Champions, beating seven other crews in the Asian installation of CODE:EDGE 3 Dance Finals. Spice Boyz, made up of Andreas Primady Chua, Muhammad Syamsul Azri, Mohamed Hakim Eusope, Mohamad Mazlan Sulaiman and Gino Flordeliza Babagay produced a slick number that showcased their camp and passion for dance, drawing screams and catcalls from the audience. They were up against Last Minute Street Crew from Indonesia, Bitch Phace (Taiwan), Dancologist (Malaysia), Freekzy Nutz (Singapore), NY & Neuron Crew (Korea), United Groovers (Singapore) and Xtatic (Philippines). Last Minute Street Crew and Bitch Phace took the runner up placings respectively.
Held for the third year and in it’s ﬁrst Asian installation, CODE:EDGE 3 Asia Dance Finals saw crews and soloists competing to win the top prize of USD$5,000 in the group category and USD$1,000 in the solo category. In the latter, host city’s representative, Muhd Zaihar gave Korea’s 1G (Weon Ji Hye) a ﬁght for her money. She was crowned ﬁrst runner up. Zaihar’s strong musicality and control has seen him conquering the local dance circuit and now has proven him to be the one of the forerunners in Asia. Asked about how he feels on his win, Zaihar said that he was “truly humbled when S**T KINGZ (on the judging panel) said that I remind them of Lyle Beniga - my idol!” He was joined by Aliff Aircho from Singapore, Bangster (Korea), Dongwoo (Korea), DT (Singapore) and Smoothie and Semmy Blank from Indonesia, in the solo category. The three-hours dance extravaganza presented by Studio Wu which featured an Asia-wide street-style dance competition and showcases, was held in beneﬁt of the Rainbow Centre, an early intervention school for children with special needs. Traditionally held in a club for the past two years, CODE:EDGE 3 Asia was recently staged in a family- oriented Downtown East as an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. This is in line with its adopted charity’s vision, where the message that CODE:EDGE 3 Asia and Studio Wu wishes to put forth is to give children with special needs
an equal chance at life and doing what other children can do. And at the same time, for the society at large to be socially responsible and to accept children with special needs into society. Children under the auspices of Rainbow Centre are with various forms of
intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, autism and other neurological disabilities. “Studio Wu recognizes the work that Rainbow Centre does and their efforts in creating awareness for children with special needs and we support their vision in giving these children an equal ﬁghting chance”, says Miss Sheila Cheong, director of Studio Wu. “Having worked with these children, I can see their eyes lit up when it comes to dance and movements and you’d be surprised at how good they can be,” she adds. This all-inclusive message was highlighted at CODE:EDGE 3 Asia with a collaboration performance between Studio Wu dancers, members and instructors and the students from Rainbow Centre. Putting them on stage together in an event that featured international
performers and judges and Asian dance crews and soloists paints a strong picture that everyone deserves the same chance and platform to shine through. CODE:EDGE 3 Asia Dance Finals also featured overseas judges - S**T KINGZ, a Japanese dance crew, Parris Goebel from New Zealand and a US-based instructor, Aus Ninja. Apart from judging, they shared the stage with selected participants from the workshops which held on the previous day. This is the ﬁrst of such initiatives spurred by Studio Wu to propel the growth of the Asian dance scene. A idea mooted by Studio Wu’s co-director Ms Carol Cheong, she hopes that “such efforts will give a boost to our dancers here in Asia and provide them with a real platform and stage to dance with their idols”.
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by Rudi S
Whats up everybody! This is Rudi Smit, reporting from the land where Lions, Elephants and Giraffe’s apparently roam the streets. Yes, I’m talking about Africa! More specifically South Africa. Just jokes about the animals :) That’s just me being silly, some people actually think it’s true... Anyway! We’re here to talk about Hip Hop now aren’t we? So, let me get started! I’ve always felt that the South African Hip Hop dance industry has been underestimated by others, especially people who are not from here. It is rare to find footage of South African crews\productions etc. on the Internet. Simply, many of us don’t get the opportunity to upload our work or don’t feel comfortable with uploading it since ‘biting’ has become quite serious issue in our country. So from the outside it seem s like Hip Hop in South Africa is quite low-key, oh how wrong you are. Hip Hop in SA has been growing immensely over the past 2-3 years. I’m here today to tell you all about the world of hip hoip dance in South Africa.
Hip Hop international and the Hip Hop world championships was only introduced to South Africa in 2007. This was the year that the first South African World Hip Hop qualifier took place. Since then, crews have been working harder and harder to bring something unique and amazing to the worlds stage, and we are slowly but surely getting there! The first crew from South Africa to make it to the top 10 at Worlds was the amazing Release crew. They took 10th place in the Adult division in 2008 and with that, out SA on the map. 2009, South Africa came back with two 13th places (achieved by Junior crew, Floor Assassins & Varsity crew, Untamed) and we are now amped more than ever for 2010! Nationals are in May and previous winners Version 1 (Adult) & Untamed (Varsity) are out to defend their title from many new crews such as Mad Movement Crew, Kia Kada, A.I, Classified, ATO, Fresh Impact and many more. We are on a creative high this year and we can’t wait to prove to the world that we are on top of our game! Other than this competition, there are many other Hip Hop events that have pushed the growth of Hip Hop in South Africa. One of these would be Strictly Hip Hop that was hosted in Johannesburg last year. This competition was a platform for crews to compete and learn from
one another at the same time. It took place numerous times last year, bringing new crews to the table each time and making a drastic change in the Hip Hop industry by challenging crews to come up with creative, unique & fresh concepts, choreography and formations in a short amount of time. Crews such as Kryptonite, Cadence, Twitch, Reptilez, Super Voo and many more have made a big name for themselves through this comp.
Then, we have the SA Hip Hop Cup (Hosted by Duane Lawrence, member of the internationally recognized bboy crew, Ubuntu who took the crown at the Fringe World Cup B-Boy Event in France in 2008.) The SA Cup gives solo dancers, crews, bboy’s, MC’s and rappers the opportunity to step up and show what they
have to offer. Duane has always been all about promoting Hip Hop and spreading the word of this beautiful art form. He and his brother, Jed Lawrence (member of Ubuntu bboy crew, boasting an impressive breaking resume with tons of incredible results) have created a massive stir in the bboy industry here in South Africa. They are on another level when it comes to this dance style and they most definitely know what they are doing having travelled to many parts of the world for numerous competitions where they always manage to place well. The point I’m trying to get to is that the Hip Hop industry in South Africa is very big and we have the exact same drive and hunger as any other countries. I could name many many more competitions if I wanted to, but hey there’s only that much space on here, right? Hope I could give everyone some good insight as to what’s going on in our country Hip Hop wise, I will keep you all updated with results on nationals in the next issue and provide you with more info to let you know whats happening this side of the world! Much love from me & the wild animals! Rudi.
UK hiphop by Mukhtar O. S Mukhtar
Hello People My name is Mukhtar O. S Mukhtar and I am the Director and Choreographer of PLAGUE. I put Plague together in 2000 and have since then won numerous Competitions and performed at prestigious events (Grand Prix in Bahrain, Move Like Michael Jackson, Breakin Convention). Itâ€™s been an amazing journey learning, training and performing with my peers. I am currently choreographing and performing for a company called cirque du soleil in Las Vegas. I entered Plague in the world hip hop championships in LA in 2005 because I wanted to test our training and skill against the world. We won first place and we knew immediately that we were on the right path, but we still knew that we had to train a lot harder as our technique could have been better. I think a lot of crews were inspired by our style and performance that year and I saw a change in the way crews put their pieces together the following year. This made me happy to have inspired so many crews to break their barrier and comfort zone and to have gained their respect respectively. Since then, I have been working with cirque du soleil and performing/competing with Plague.
Rock Steady Crew I feel the evolution of dance in the UK has been a slow but interesting subject. In 2000, a lot of the crews had great performance quality but were missing knowledge for the dances they were performing, elements such as sound effects, and dancing without actually dancing to the song playing happened a lot. You could establish this because not all members in the crews could dance alone (freestyle), they could only dance with their respective crews, It was about who can perform better to the latest pop hits. It was like this for a long time and I think things started changing in 2005/2006. I see a lot more crews in the UK now actually research the dances they are doing, learn the dances from the pioneers and grow and become better dancers individually as well as grow as a crew. I do feel there are too many young choreographers in the UK who are not ready to take on that task of leading. They need to grow more as dancers first and understand the dance before they teach others around them, But there are some choreographers who I respect and are representing the UK in a positive way with their knowledge, creativity, ability to perform consistently at high levels, and their humbleness through their choreography. These choreographers I feel are: Brooke Milliner (PLAGUE), Marlon Wallen (FLAWLESS), Mark Calape (ANAMANIAX), Nathan Gordon (FLOâ€™OGRAPHY), Kenrick Sandy (BOYBLUE), Ivan Blackstock (BIRDGANG) and many more. I feel learning the foundations of the street dances are essential because every art form has a blueprint and streetdance (popping, locking, Bboy,) is no different. I am not implying
everyone has to dance like the pioneers, but I am saying it is essential to learn the foundations from them and build upon that to create our own original style and personality. I believe Plague are on the right track because we have fun as we train and that shows when we are on stage. I always get asked about crews such as Diversity and what I think about them and their success, I think Diversity are good entertainers, they thrive on setpieces and gimmicks which is great for TV. I personally do not think they are good dancers and feel they have no originality. I Blame the Choreographer for a problem like that and not the dancers because he has not researched and learnt enough to gain the ability to choreograph a DANCE piece. I think the future for the dance scene in the UK is looking very promising; we have great teachers in funk styles such as Fred Folks who also brings over the pioneers (Late Greg campbellock jr, Suga Pop, Poppin Pete) to share their knowledge and history of the funk styles. The House dance scene has grown immensely in the previous 4 years and has great dancers such as Clara Banjo who have helped in the progress of this beautiful dance and the Bboy scene is bigger than ever. It is up to us to lead the future generation and teach them to stay humble, train in their techniques and most importantly, HAVE FUN. Dancing is supposed to be fun, so learning new things and styles should be a fun journey. Much Love and Respect MUKHTAR O S MUKHTAR
Australian hiphop by Eli Phillips
I’m sitting here having a ‘lil “LOL” moment because i’m at my Dell laptop, about to write a blog bout Hip Hop in Australia and Im a New Zealander. I might not be able to say “Fush N Chops” or “beached az bro” in the same manner that is accumosted with my fello kiwi comrades but dont confuse my culturally educated self for a second as a fair dinkum wombat, I am Eli Arthur Phillips and I can still Pukana and more so, in context to the agenda of this blog though slightly rusty, still Pop it, lock it, Wack it, Dact it, Tutt it, Strutt it,Vogue it, and drop it on command if so requested. My Dance resume would see me apart of the Excel Performing Arts School in 2001, then later join the group that I firmly believe pioneered a Dancing revolution in New Zealand “ Jireh”..Jireh was the reason that I moved here to Australia in 2003 , its hard to believe that I have now been here for 7 years.. Wow..I have been asked to present a blog to give an insight into Dance in Australia. So Buckle your seat belts, If you want to read this blog whilst in a vogue do so , ok have you hit that shape.. you have, ok lets go.. Sydney is not only where you will find the iconic landmarks the Opera house and the Harbour Bridge, or be embraced by a million Thai restaurants in Newtown, or find a dope lil treasure in Surrys hills crown st vintage shops. Or witness the street performeres along Circular Quay do there thing for peoples spare chane. There’s another emerging talent that exsist with the one ambition,which is to shine brighter than the rest, be respected hip hop dancers, be positive role models for the next generation of dancers, be raw and honest to the hip hop culture and they are DEJA DANCE CREW, Australias finest and strongest all female dance group..Megan Fox is hot and sexy purrr purr, Chilli is hot arrrrrrrrr, Sydney summer is scorching hot, DEJA DANCE CREW IS HOT.... When I used to think about girls on stage I would often be faced with a few cliches which would make me ponder , is it soley the purpose of a girl to flash her stomach and try to be britney in her teenage days, is it there obligation to clip in there hair extensions and flick there hair, apply some gloss and flaunt what her mama gave her, . Is the colour that a girl brings to the
stage purely Pink, can It be black or even possibly blue .Should females be defined as mere eye candy on stage. Is it only boys that have the right to get crunk and ganster on a stage, to answer that question I think NOT. I have observed over the the last few years the growth and rise not only in Girl dance groups but the standard and level of skill within these groups increase also. Just take alook at REQUEST dance crew who took out the varsity title at world hip hop champs in 2009. This is a group that was told by one of the judges at regionals that they wouldn’t be able to compete at the world champs unless they had boys in there team, now world champions I think it goes to show just how far dance has come with Girls crews. I think there a strong female dance groups that have really paved the way in the HIPHOP scene for other girls to aspire and follow suite, groups such as Fysh N Chicks , Femme 5 and as mentioned prior REQUEST So what separates DEJA from other dance crews, what strengths do they have in there team. Lets take are look inside the bubble for a second see what makes deja really tick and what tricks do they have in there lil bag of goodies that they are ready to dish out... DEJA have been together for a year and half, and there are currently 9 original members in the group 2 of which that are currently working on differnt priorities at the moment, Jade is focussing on Breaking/BGIRLING and Samantha is in N.Z training with REQUEST as they prepare for world hip hop champs DeJa Pania Taku, Stacy Peke, Danii Moeda, Emily Gallen, Kylie Mancera, Samantha Cahil, Jade Le Flay Shrooder, Anna Kim, Eve Speciall New Members Holly Gibelini-Davis, Grace Hammond, Georgia Sugarman, Dechen Gendun Beauty in my opinion in one of its purest and most stunning forms is the creation of the female species, being All Girls DEJA wanted to not only be femine and posses the ability to rock out in heels or do girlie sets if they had too but also do gansta sets, get crunk to mix it up with the boys as well. They wnt to be strong females who dont have to resort to hair tosses but be able to back up beauty with talent. Ultimately the back bone of what makes the group function so effectively from my observation is there strong family bond. I came onboard to manage the team just over a year ago and I can be honest it was something I thought I would never want to do because it would be a nightmare managing a group of females, I thought they would be catty, bitchy and a big fat headache. But I can honestly say , like a family we have our moments
where we have to be honest with each other but ultimately the unity love and support within the crew is a tight family unit and that is why they work so well together, not only do they dance together but they are homies. Deja’s mandate is to inpower each other to persue excellence with our dancing , grow and be the best that we can be in the HIPHOP genre, but over and other above dance they want to encourage each other to be excellent in there own individual world wether it be in or out of dance. We believe that this will only contribute to making each person stronger as they establish there own personal identity within life, in doing so will strenthen the team as a unit. Thats why Grace one of the new members is also persuing Contempory dance which is something that she excels in,they have one member Eve who is an international modal doing Runway, shoots and commercials all over the world, Pania and Stacy have their own choreography company called purple laces, some of the girls a successful business women lil baby Georgia is working hard to excel in her studies at Highschool.. DEJA performs at alot of coperate functions, weddings,industry events and competitions. They are currently collaborating with some of Sydneys finest Male HIPHOP dancers to prepare a piece for a competition over in New York called World of dance where DEJa combined with the boys will be entered as PSYDE PROJECT and will be the sole representatives from Australasia. Seeing all the the talent in the room during rehersals makes me excited about what they are going to achieve when they get over to New York. Majority of the Choreogprapy has been completed by Pania Taku, Oscar , Stacy Peke, Meeks, and Nate. What separates this comp from Worlds in Vegas that everyone else seems to go to, is this competition is purely based upon choreography not blow ups or tricks ,. Deja are current in fundraise mode selling raffles, organising a concert fundraiser, doing workshops everything and anything that we can think of to make some money so pysde project can get sufficient funds to make it to New York.. like fashion which is always evolving so to is dance and with Pania Taku and Stacy Peke at the relm as co Leaders and directors of deja and with a group of hot talented sexy girls within the group I’d say the future looks bright for the DEJA GIRLS, all I have to say is watch out Youtube, watch out world, watch out Brussel sprout DEJAs coming at ya!
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Since New Zealand is surrounded by bodies of water, it is inevitable that we will have to take a flight if we want any sort of overseas experience. For those of you who have already been or are dreaming of going to LA to ‘live it up’ or do whatever it is that people who go to LA do, you know that the 12 hour plane ride can be quiet dreadful. From the moment you enter the airport, your ears are already overwhelmed with the airport staff’s voices saying things such as, “can I have your attention please.” If you can resist the urge to respond with, “will the real slim shady please stand up,” you are already well on your way. But are you able to handle what comes next? Here is your 12-hour flight guide made simple for you. Step 1: Avoid, at all costs (yes, really, all costs. Even if it means paying $160 for an exit row), sitting next to a person who: A) smells B) takes up one and a half seats, C) tries to sell you on a religion that you’re clearly not or D) all of the above. Step 2: Sit in a window seat. And if you’re thinking right now, ‘well Elana, what if this clashes with step 1?’ Then darling, ignore step 1. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. Step 3: The meal is served in the first three hours. Stay awake and eat it. Even if you aren’t hungry, you’ll avoid being miserable six hours in when you are starving and still have three to five more hours to go until breakfast. To pass the time, chat with the stewardess. It’s always good to get on their good side. You’ll be confronted with perks later. Step 4: Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. And more sleep. Sleep as long as you possibly can. Put your pillow up against the window (uh, see. Aren’t you glad you’re in a window seat now?), smile at the person sitting next to you with pity because they have nothing to rest their head on. They are going to do hours of those half falling asleep until your head drops forward and jolts you back up for you to look around, like nothing happened, while checking to see who actually saw you. So, if you sleep six hours, then, my dear friend, you are only on a six-hour plane ride because no one is really aware of reality when they are asleep anyways.
Step 5: Movies, movies, and more movies. If you’ve seen it already, watch it again. Cry, laugh, smile, scream, react however you want. You are never going to see these people again. Step 6: Wake up center seat guy and isle guy to go to the bathroom, then smile in pity. Aren’t you glad you didn’t sit there? Before you sit down, walk around and stretch. Your body will thank you later. Step 7: No matter how appealing the movie you just watched made ‘the mile high club’ look, don’t join it. Just don’t. With a partner or the person who was staring at you stretch. Just don’t do it. Step 8: Snack pack. Now this will be filled with chips, cookies, chocolates, water bottle, and mints. Drink the water, it will save you from jet lag later. DO NOT, I repeat, do not eat the whole snack pack at once. The only thing worse then being crammed into an uncomfortably small and awkward seat is being uncomfortable full in it. And sitting for 12-hours straight isn’t exactly the best exercise and will no help pass it through you quick enough. Step 9: Read, write, listen to music, whatever you brought, now is the time to use it. Do your homework. Choreograph the best piece ever. Heck, invent a new recipe. You are at your most creative at this point. Being a billion miles above ground and delirium are both on your side. Step 10: Upon completion of your creation, or in the middle of it, fall back to sleep. Step 11: When the little kid behind you kicks your chair or the row next to you opens the window to expose the blinding sunlight, wake up. This is your air alarm. Don’t press snooze. Give your body some time to adjust before breakfast. Step 12: Eat breakfast, drink coffee, and chat with your neighbor. Now you should be ready to land. Bet you can’t believe how time flew by so fast. (No pun intended). Welcome to America. Hope you had a safe flight and enjoy the rest of your stay. Chicka chicka slim shady. P.s. Run to the customs counter. The line sucks if you’re at the back of it.
Vogue SDNZ presents: NZ Hip Hop National Dance Champs 2010 Anyone who minutely follows hip-hop dancing in New Zealand would agree that Nationals is one of the biggest dates on the calendar! It’s a night of excitement, anticipation, pride but most of all it’s a night of celebration for those taking centre stage. It’s an opportunity to bear witness to the creativity and showmanship of hip-hop dancing from all around the country. This year I was worried it would not live up to the expectations set in previous years due to the lead up and what i was hearing through the grapevine but Oh how wrong i was. 2010 did not disappoint! WARNING: before you read this you must know that unlike like most, i am not rich so i decided to save my pingers and head straight to finals night. Therefore i missed preliminary rounds but in all honesty, with no regrets. ANYWAAAY I’m going to cut to the chase and give you the good bits.! This year i was lucky enough to get a seat smack bang in the middle which was great as i got to see the routines in its full entirety, but also close enough to see the facial expression and intricate details. The first positive thought i had actually came before the junior section even started, it was how well the MC’s kicked it off. There is NOTHING worse than a long night with terrible MC’s so i give it up to SDNZ for sourcing communicators that kept me going well into the night. Onto the juniors ... which in previous years i haven’t really paid attention to. This year however it was a whole different story. I think at times we all forget how hard it was moving in rhythmic fashion when your 9yrs old, but these kids did it with style, grace and attitude, They all did so well in their own right. I was particularly impressed with
the top 3 who placed and thought it was well deserved. I was actually thinking the other day that the best part of the junior division isn’t necessarily the dancing but the spirit in which they do it. YES this is a competition but if our kids shouldn’t feel the burden to be “result driven” Having such a great junior comp i was expecting big things from the varsity and credit to all, they dfinately delivered. it was great to see how strong the varsity section was considering 3 pioneers of that division were all missing this year (SAS , RQ and 2.0) Unison were a highlight with their routine although i assumed id find the similarities to that of SAS, but i was impressed that they bought their own style. Runners up to Unison were Sorority who danced with great passion there whole routine, there definitely a younger version of RQ so watch out for them in the future! Another crew which was a highlight for me from
this section was I.D and unfortunate for them didn’t place. They were robbed, they had a swag all their own and great choreography to go with it; watch out for these 5 young gentlemen in the near future. You heard it here first! Finally we had the adults section and unlike the other two
divisions, ANYONE could have placed top 3! The competition was tight and everyone brought there A-GAME real talk! The calibre of dancers in this section was unbelievable, with the likes of SAS, Odyssey, LGC, 2.0 and RQ to name a few. To my surprise though it was two crews that aren’t in that line-up that blew me away! Starting with FRAYGADOR leading the way had some of the craziest blow-ups of the night! They were explosive and kept the crowd pumped the entire performance. I know there’s talk out there that “blow - ups” aren’t dancing and blah blah blah but at the end of the day they are awesome to watch. I think it’s just important to have a good balance. We then had Vogue take centre stage.For the first 1st 30sec i couldn’t even hear their music, the crowd was so electric. They were the fiercest crew of the night hands down and had a stage presence no one could compare to. They might not have been all gangster and geed up but that’s why they were refreshing because they bring a swag all their own that we were privileged to witness. As always the others were great and with the top 3 i won’t talk too much because in all honesty there wasn’t a clear winner, but that’s why Las Vegas will be that much more exciting seeing these crews go at it! Overall a night to be remembered! Great dancing, great entertainment and exciting results. If i offended anyone reading this with my comments don’t be offended, it is just my opinion. God bless you all. Bubblegum
Allow me to re-introduce myself... My name is Mister KaRemiks. I’m 18 years young and I an ordinary teenager. I live on the moon and enjoy thinking, about every and anything.
Hello again everyone. Somehow I managed to stay on for issue numero dos. If you haven’t met me yet my name is Mister Karemiks. I am very OTT and yeah. Pretty average. Last few months have consisted of work, football and partying on the weekend. Most people think it’s odd that I play football (soccer if you must call it that) but yeah I love the sport and I’m probably happiest when on the field. I wish I was Cristiano Ronaldo, did you guys hear he hooked up with Kim Kardashian? My man! I got the pleasure of seeing Lady GaGa live; shout out to Malaena, Bianca & Colette for making my night even better. Lady GaGa was the best show I’ve ever seen. I would see her again in a heartbeat. Also I turned 19. Still tell everyone I’m 18 though. I’ll remember soon. Made some new friends. Hi Alexia. Rather boring I think? Anyway. This time I introduce you to some new NZ hip-hop talent, and explain to you what Lil’ Wayne meant when he said “Hello it’s the Martian, Space Jam Jordan’s”. I owe people shout outs. Kia ora to Hope Papali’i. Courtney Stanley you’re the best and Cameron Tova just because you’re the man. Smooth sailing till next time guys. Oh, and follow me on twitter! The name is Karemiks. DO IT! Album Review Homebrew are the biggest boy band to ever come out of Avondale. They have been described as dishwasher safe, and are known to contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges. As a warning they are not for those of you who mix up “Hip-Hop” with what nana went to the hospital for. Lastly it is insisted that excessive consumption will NOT cause the “Russell Crowe effect” or result in unwanted pregnancy. This issue I don’t really have an album review. I simply want to introduce you guys to the group and tell you guys about some of the awesome music they make. So pretty much its 3 boys, but they have a close group that help them out. Tom, Lui & Haz make up the HomeBrewCrew. Tom is the main MC for the crew, Haz makes the beats. Lui spits too and is also quite simply the man. There is about five, I think it is, mixtapes from the boys floating around the net. All of them are dope. My favourites are Last Week and Taste Test. All their music can be found for free download from the groups MySpace page and other places on the net. Most of the beats that the boys rap over are very jazz inspired hip-hop beats, a welcome change from 808’s and synth hooks that are all too common in hip-hop today. In my opinion though, the thing that makes them stand out is the lyrics of their songs.
I am over hearing about popping champagne in the club, Home Brew raps about stuff I can relate to. Grabbing a box and chilling with the boys, having a few quite ones and being idiots. Nowhere else have I heard rhymes like “watched the warriors, Vatuvei got a hat trick, $%!+ a couple months ago he couldn’t even catch it”. Even people who don’t like hip-hop, but are from New Zealanders can appreciate the music because of the lyrical content of all Home Brew’s tracks. I’m going to be daring and pull aside two of my favourite songs. First is “Bad, Bad Whiskey” from the Taste Test mixtape. This song is about one of those nights that you have a few too many drinks and “accidently” cheat on your far too god for you girlfriend. Unfortunately I can relate to this song far too well. That isn’t the only reason I like the song. It’s just everything Tom says is so hilarious (“There’s no need to go lez, it wasn’t me it was that dude Pepe Lopez”). That is why the next song is my other favourite. “Monday” is the opening track from the Last Week mixtape and is genius. It opens with Tom anticipating whether to get up for work or call in sick, with help from his good and bad conscience. When he decides to go to work he gets ideas of how he can leave the 9 to 5 hustle, but re-thinks robbing the boss. The song closes with him getting home to a home cooked dinner, the BEST thing on a Monday. The last verse has a conversation with his girlfriend and contains my favourite rhymes in a long time, “shucks that was dope babe – I’ll wash, you dry – Oh, wata do the dishes even though you cooked the food guy”. Genius! I feel for everyone who doesn’t understand the awesomeness of that. So yeah, Home Brew is my new favourite group, and probably has made in my opinion the best hip-hop music out of New Zealand in a LONG time, maybe ever. So check the boys out the net and download the some music or find out when they’re playing near you soon and go support the boys. Homebrewcrew.co.nz is where you can keep up to date with their movements. I’ll finish with word from TV3 reporter David Farrier, “Mean Home Brew, f*#@!n aye”. Shoe Review On the eve of 23/12/09, two days before Christmas, a number of sneaker outlets were ransacked across the United States by crazy sneaker collectors. All after one thing, arguably the most hyped Air Jordan retro ever produced. The black/white/blue Jordan XI a.k.a Space Jams. The shoe was made famous when Michael Jordan wore it in the movie that the sneaker gains its name from. It caught the eyes of sneaker head worldwide because it was never originally released. MJ was fined by his then team the Chicago Bulls for wearing them in the 1996 Warner Brothers film because it did not respect the Bulls colour way policy in Jordan’s contract. Nike eventually produced and released the shoe to the public for the first time in 2001. The shoe was birthed by my personal favourite sneaker designer, Tinker Hatfield. He is the mastermind behind my favourite sneaker ever, the Air Jordan III. Ironically Tinker created the shoe during MJ’s attempt at a career in baseball, in a dream that Mike would again return to the court. We all know what happened there (he did return and won another 3 championships). When Hatfield chose materials for the shoe, the Jordan XI immediately became revolutionary. Firstly notable is the condura nylon upper. An extremely light weight material, however durable enough that it is used on a lot of high end hiking packs. Second was the carbon fibre sole plate. Again, super light but
strong enough that the material is used on race cars. Lastly and most famous, Tinker changed sneaker history. Using a material usually seen on runways in Milan, he chose to use a shiny patent leather. Notoriously lightweight once again. But in comparison to genuine leather it is much more rigid. When used around the toe box and mid of the sneaker it keeps the foot within a safe range of the shoe bed during quick direction changes. All this meant the shoe was deadly on court. On the street the patent gives the Space Jam a rather classy look. You can dress it up or down. I was lucky enough to get a pair of the 2009 retro and have experienced the comfort on court and also the neck breaking damage off it. One known flaw of the Jordan 11 is that the clear sole is notorious for yellowing. My pair is yet to show any signs of this, and I hope it stays that way. “Tinker made them shine, Mike made them fly, you made them iconic”. The phrase Nike used on the box of the 2009 retro. This really sums everything up well. Space Jam Jordan’s are a must in your collection. P.S. shout out to my man Soul.n.Sole for hooking me up with these. Find his stuff on trademe. He can pretty much get any shoe you are after and they are all 100% authentic. www.misterkaremiks.blogspot.com
WHO LOVES FREE STUFF?? Ok so it was obvious that a lot of you love free stuff, unfortunately you couldn’t all win. In saying that congratulations to…….(drum roll) …. Kerri Ann Elling You have one a double pass to Hip Hop Nation 2010, 5th June at the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland. For those who weren’t so lucky you can purchase tickets from www.ticketdirect.co.nz. Next prize up for grabs. A brand new PodgyPanda Tshirt, limited to 50 shirts worldwide, all you have to do is send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be picked and contacted for their size. Good luck everybody!!
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JUNE 2010 5th: Auckland: Hip Hop Nation 6th: Auckland: Hip Hop Nation Master Classes. 26th: Auckland: Palace Showcase
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