Redakteurs Raad | Editorial Board
Quentin Williams is Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) and an Associate Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Linguistics Department at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He is also the Ghent Visiting Professor (Leerstoel Houer) at the Centre for Afrikaans and the study of South Africa at Ghent University (Belgium) (2020/2021).Read More...
He has published journal articles, book chapters and Op-Ed pieces on the performance and practice of multilingualism, race, Hip Hop, language activism, Afrikaaps, and linguistic citizenship in South Africa. He is Co-Editor of the journal Multilingual Margins: a journal of Multilingualism from the periphery, and co-founder of the Heal the Hood Hip Hop Lecture Series, a forum for the African Hip Hop Indaba. His most recent book is Neva Again: Hip Hop Art, Activism and Education in post-apartheid South Africa (HSRC Press, 2019, with Adam Haupt, H Samy Alim and Emile YX?). He is also author of Making Sense of People and Place in Linguistic Landscapes (Bloomsbury, 2018, with Amiena Peck and Christopher Stroud) and Remix Multilingualism (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). He also features on the Rap album #IntheKeyofB.
Emile is a multiple award winning South African Hip Hop Pioneer, founder of Black Noise Hip Hop Group and Heal The Hood Project. He qualified as a schoolteacher in 1988. In 1993 he created South Africa’s 1st Hip Hop Magazine called Da Juice. In 1997 he was part of the South African breakdance team that won 3rd place at the World Breakdance Champs. In 2010 Heal the Hood Project won the award for the Best Hip Hop Organization in the World.Read More...
In 2016 he won the national LeadSA Award, as well as the ETV South African Heroes Award. In 2019 he was inducted into the South African Hip Hop Museums Hall of Fame. He has recorded and released 26 albums solo, with Black Noise in Mixed Mense. He featured on numerous compilation albums released throughout the world. Emile has written and contributed to 24 books, for which he won The Western Cape Arts & Culture Literary Award. His latest book is Reconnect The String. He created and performed 5 plays, one of them being the award winning play, Afrikaaps. He created numerous events like African Battle Cry, African Hip Hop Indaba, Cape Flats Film Festival, Positive Posters Week, Shut Up Just Dance, just to name a few. He is the first to create a Hip Hop Cultural Education based Arts Syllabus derived from experiential learning and teaching through his Practical Hip Hop School, Mixed Mense. Emile has shared the stage with famous artists and personalities like President Nelson Mandela, Brenda Fassie, The Queen of Sweden, Baba Maal, Salif Keita, Manu Dibangu, Snoop Doggy Dog, Kyle Shepherd, Arrested Development and numerous others. In 2020 he completed an International B-boy / Breaking Dance Teaching Certificate in anticipation of the 2024 inclusion of Breaking at the Olympic games.
Shaquile Southgate started off his involvement in Hip Hop as an artist, freestyle dancer and MC in Namibia. Born in Cape Town in 1976 and raised in Namibia he would often learn alot from his cousins who were Breakdancers and Graffiti Artists when visiting Cape Town for the holidays during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Upon moving back to Cape Town permanently in 1992 he joined a hip hop crew called “Base Immortal” and did community events with Black Noise in their “Do for Self” Hip Hop Concerts.Read More...
He joined Heal the Hood Project on a permanent basis in 2010 after a career in the contact centre industry and is a Project Manager and Events Manager. He has worked on key activation’s and collaborative projects with British Council South Africa, Peninsula Beverages, Sony Xperia, Artscape Theatre, Kotex, African Hip Hop Indaba, Battle of the Year South Africa, Battle of the Year International, UK BBOY Championships, Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Open Book Festival, Muizenberg Festival, Pro Helvitia and others. He has secured sponsorships for events from brands such as Sprite, Dakine, Element, DC Shoes USA, Butan Wear, Nixon, Von Zipper, Ster Kinekor, Playstation, Aerial 7, Skull Candy, Musica, Samson, Allen & Heath, Audiosure, Gemini, Denon, AKG, Sony. His current projects include the financial, coordination and administrative management for Heal the Hood Projects with the Olof Palme International Centre & ABF (Sweden), Wings of Support – Heal the Hood Youth Arts Centre Development (Netherlands), Indian Ocean Youth Development Project (France, Reunion Island, Commore Islands, Mayotte & Madagascar).
He has also ventured into the podcasting realm since 2019 and forms part of The Babbling Heads Podcast under the Sureshot Network.
Tanswell Carl Jansen
Tanswell was born in his family home in Grassy Park, Cape Town in 1977. The youngest of 4 kids, he gravitated towards his older brothers, getting involved in all the teenage crazes sooner than most his age. He became an active participant in Breaking Culture at the age of 5 and was soon a member of “Pop Glide Crew” in the early 80’s. This early involvement brought him closer to Hip Hop Culture with his brother, Emile and some of the Pop Glide Crew members later becoming Black Noise. He spent a month with the crew in Johannesburg in 1996 during a break year and was interested in how the Hip Hop scene had grown.Read More...
He would become a supporter of the events hosted by Black Noise, assisting with sales, driving and later working at the Hip Hop Corner shop in Cape Town. In 1999 he traveled around South Africa with 2 Swedes who were sharing Capoeira at places Black Noise were performing at.
After a short career in Finance, he decided to go with the South African breaking All-Star Team to Germany for the Battle of the Year International crew competition in 2000.
This inspired him to get more involved as a way for more dancers to head to international events. He used his knowledge in Desktop Publishing to help with Posters, Flyers and online content for the events.
In 2002 he officially joined the Heal the Hood family and helped register the Organization as a Section 21 Company and later as a Non-profit Organization.
This helped secure funding and partnerships with Government entities, companies and Embassies involved in youth arts development and activations.
To help drive the voice and visual presence of the organization he spent a month in Sweden learning film and editing from Film Cinematographer, Paul Blomgren.
Through his assistance with Heal the Hood Project events like ABC, Shut Up Just Dance and African Hip Hop Indaba, the organization was able to send youth to various international events as well as securing the first African Battle of the Year Qualifier in 2009.
He has coordinated and facilitated numerous exchange programs and tours across Southern Africa, Reunion Island, USA and parts of Europe
In 2013 he was selected to be the Cape Town Representative for the International Visitors Leadership Program in collaboration with the US department of State, looking at ways youth development programs were run in the USA.
Tanswell is the Managing Director for Heal the Hood Project and is actively involved with his team of facilitators, creating online content, promos and music videos for the schools they serve. He believes that One can only do better when they know better and through his videos he hopes to showcase youth in a positive light so they can grow and see the best in each other.
Robyn Gelant is an undergraduate student at the University of The Western Cape (UWC), majoring in Linguistics and Industrial Psychology. She has been a recipient of the Deans Merit Awards (2018/2019/2020) and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. She was selected as a peer mentor for the First Year Transition Programme (FYTP) at UWC, and also enjoys mentoring youth members within her community. She plans to pursue her postgraduate studies in the field of Industrial Psychology.
Tyron De Villiers
Tyron De Villiers was born in the small predominantly Afrikaans-speaking town of Oudtshoorn in the Garden Route District, Western Cape. Throughout his school career (primary and secondary), Tyron always enjoyed and did exceptionally well in his languages (English and Afrikaans) compared to his other subjects but never considered this to be much of an achievement.Read More...
In 2019, he enrolled at the University of the Western Cape for the BA-2101 programme. In 2020, Tyron became the top achiever in Afrikaans en Nederlands 222. It was not until doing Language and Communication Studies (LCS) modules that Tyron discovered his love for the study of language and its application in a practical context. Since doing LCS, Tyron realised that language is not general knowledge and enjoys the LCS modules most and is highly considering a career in the field of Linguistics.
He is currently a final year BA-2101 student and hopes to further his tertiary education in the field of Linguistics.
Tyron’s greatest desire is to always be part of- and invest in movements that can positively impact the next generation and empower the marginalized. He is proud of his culture and heritage and likes to learn more about these subjects, because he believes it is important to know who you are and accept where you come from, if you want to become who you want to be.
Media Liaison Officer
Adam Haupt is Professor and Director of the Centre for Film & Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is co-editor of Neva Again: Hip-Hop Art, Activism and Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa with Quentin Williams, Emile Jansen and H. Samy Alim. He co-produced an EP, #IntheKeyofB, for the book project with Bradley Lodewyk and is the author of Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film and Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion. Haupt is Coordinating Editor of Global Hip Hop Studies with J. Griffith Rollefson and serves on the advisory board for the first Hip Hop Book Series by University of California Press and on the advisory board of CIPHER: Hip Hop Interpellation.
I am a first year BA undergraduate student at the University of the Western Cape, with the aim of majoring in industrial psychology, anthropology and linguistics. I recently completed a Higher Certificate in Economic development at the same university. Previously, I have been an assistant teacher at Greenlands Primary. I was born and raised in the township of Bishop Lavis, and for the last year or so, I have been a community compiler on the Trilingual Dictionary of Kaaps project. I aim to support working class kids in poorer communities that require language and literacy attention in Kaaps (Afrikaaps) as a way to give back to my community on the Cape Flats.
Carla Lindt was born in Lavender Hill but raised in Mitchells Plain. She is the youngest of 5 kids and is the only one that pursued a degree at university level. She holds a BA (general) degree, BA (Honours) degree in Afrikaans and Dutch Studies as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCGE). She is currently a final year Masters student and part-time associate lecturer in the Department Afrikaans and Dutch Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). In 2020, she has been an educator at Mondale High School in Mitchells Plain but chose to further her studies in Sociolinguistics as she has a passion for the study of language and varieties. Her thesis specifically focuses on the influence that Kaapse Afrikaans has on the writing of high school learners. For her, being part of the Drietalige Woordeboek van Kaaps as a compiler is a milestone as supports her view of bringing about change in society as well as in the classroom by destigmatizing and demarginalizing the Kaaps variety.
Tara-Leigh Adams is currently pursuing her PhD in Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), focusing on multilingual repertoires at a private higher education institute. She has been lecturing Linguistics at Eduvos since 2018, and in 2020 took on another role as Online Educator at SACAP. She is passionate about acknowledging and celebrating all languages and dialects, and is particularly excited to see the impact of the Trilingual Dictionary of Kaaps (TDK) in South Africa, and beyond. Growing up, she was actively involved in church initiatives and jumped at every opportunity to be at any, and all, community drives. She says she has always dreamt about the day she would be able to do something greater and believes that being a part of this project is it.
Pejamauro T. Visagie
Pejamauro T. Visagie is a multifaceted, multi-talented academic and performing artivist. He is a published Hip Hop Linguist in development and is currently completing his BA (Honours) degree in the discipline. Pejamauro is particularly concerned with the revitalization of his Native language family, Khoekhoegowab. His endeavors are currently motivated by the means in which Hip Hop artistry may be utilized to develop a cohesive and resilient social consciousness and identity by re-negotiating particular ideologies. He is a former deputy chairperson of the Gender Equity Unit’s (UWC) mentoring program where his fundamental mission was to assist socially disadvantaged youth to achieve personal and academic progressive achievement. In addition, Pejamauro is known amongst his peers for his penchant for human rights education and critical philosophy.