Hip Hop BOTY

flip_floppers_crewHARARE - Twelve hip hop dance crews will this year battle out in the Zimbabwe edition of the world hip hop dance championships Battle of the Year (BOTY) to be staged on Saturday June 26, at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). (Pictured: Flip Floppers Dan

The hip hoppers will clash to secure a ticket to represent Zimbabwe in the continental finals set for Rabat, Morocco on August 7.

BOTY is a platform for unique break dancing, preservation of the Hip Hop culture and an opportunity for youths to express themselves artistically in a peaceful and non-racist environment. It was founded in 1990 in Germany and has become the worlds biggest street dance podium. Zimbabwe joined the international circuit last year through a license secured by Jibilika Dance Trust.

The participants were drawn mainly from Harare through an audition held on April 17 at Alliance Francaise with two coming from Bulawayo and one from Rusape. The 2009 champions Flip Floppers will defend their title against Swisha House, Hood Crankers, Soul Survivors, Captives, Freeze Frame, Last Drill, Flow Mutants, Fresh 105, and DPC from Rusape, Rolx and Most Wanted both from Bulawayo.

In Morocco, Team Zimbabwe will encounter the hosts, Senegal, Morocco, South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt and the winners will raise the African flag to Montpellier, France for the World championships to be held on the 22nd of November. Koreas Gamblers Crew holds the 2009 world title.

This years event will be judged by Charl Van Westuizen aka B-boy Rootz from South Africas Handbreak Turn Crew assisted by two locals, Tarisai Chingama a female hip hop dancer and choreographer from Misty Dance Studio and Brian Geza, a dance teacher at National Ballet, formerly with Tumbuka. Last year, Harares Flip Floppers a b-boy crew clinched the title and flew to Cape Town for the Continental battle which was won by South Africas Ubuntu.

Since their appearance on the platform, Flip Floppers have been the most revered hip hop outfit and recently performed at the just ended Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).

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