An opportunity came my way not so long ago to be involved on a very cool documentary that some friends were working on about different styles of South African street dancing called The African Cypher. My main job for Fly On The Wall studio was to translate the segment about Pantsula dance which is a form of dance that emerged during the 1950’s in the Townships of Johannesburg and is still very much alive ‘n kicking today.
I grew up in a place were some of my neighbours were Pantsulas and to me it was just one of many dance styles in the ghetto and I didn’t pay much attention to it. In fact, I steered clear of it because it was one of those things that were associated with Tsotsi`s (Thugs) and I was too busy being a Model C kid to give a fuck.
After spending many nights translating interviews (which I loved) and getting to know characters in the documentary, I fell in love with the culture all over again.
I was blown away by the talent and skills that these guys had. I got to know Mada & Prince from the Shakers and Movers crew and they soon became one of my favourite crews . Since then, I’ve seen them dance a few times and I get goose bumps every time cause they are soo freeking unbelievable and awesome human beings too.
A few weeks ago I found out that Prince was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer. This broke my heart because he is young, talented and has a very promising future ahead of him. His is also currently unemployed, does not have any medical insurance and, unfortunately, the South African state hospital sitiuation can’t give him the level of care that he needs.
To help raise funds for his medical bills and medication, friends have organised fundraising screening events in both Johannesburg and Cape Town and I will be doing the same in both Bern & Zurich.
It would be supercool if you can pop by and show some love at the screening at the Kaospilot school in Bern and you can also checkout the Dancing For Prince Facebook page to send Prince a get well message through dance or however you want to express yourself.
Nkuli Mlangeni, Team SUI 2 – Images: Bryan Little / Alexia Webster