The Kennedy Center

Black Noise


Black Noise is one of South Africa's oldest Hip Hop Groups. It was started in 1988 from the remainder of the B-boys from the 1980's. Black Noise has since released 12 albums Black Noise has also toured Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Namibia and Botswana.

The crew currently consists of a DJ, 2 MCs, 3 B-boys and a writer. The only founding member of the crew from 1988 is old school b-boy Emile YX?. Black Noise have performed during apartheid as well as post apartheid and survived both regimes. Emile, with the help of Black Noise members created activities that are now handled by Heal the Hood Project They have assisted many others to release their own albums and tour internationally. They will be screening a documentary about their work called "From b-boys to Being Men" at One Mic. The audience can expect a entertaining and power filled performance representing the whole Hip Hop Culture and blends of language between English, Afrikaans and Nama (Khoisan language). Black Noise members are labelled both by the Apartheid regime as well as by the current regime as so-called coloured. people of mixed origin, the group has embraced this illusion of race and mixed sounds and dance styles into their performance.   

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/1/2014: Nomadic Wax Presents Black Noise

The oldest active hip-hop crew in South Africa, Cape Town's Black Noise is credited as a pioneer of the “conscious” hip-hop movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Black Noise