Freedom Day is an important day in South Africa. It’s a day on which people of all ages, races, cultures and backgrounds come together for one important reason – to rock out to some of the nation’s finest hip-hop artists.
Back to the City is the biggest hip-hop festival in Africa, and has just celebrated it’s 10th year in true hip-hop culture style – 25 000 plus people, great tunes, food, art and movement.
With something for everyone, it’s hard to get bored at any time during the full-day festival. Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, was constantly throbbing with action, with three stages, 40 local MCs and 12 DJs keeping the music flowing, and entertainment of various kinds scattered around the venue, including skateboarding displays, dance crews, soccer trick competitions, beatboxers, and graffiti crews.
Some of the local talent included Reason, Nasty C, Priddy Ugly, Miss Patty Monroe, Nadia Nakai and the highly anticipated HHP, whose performance had the masses united and going wild.
International artists Elzhi, Camp Lo, Skyzoo and J-Live also had the crowd rocking with their sets.
At the end of the day, Freedom Day is about celebrating life the way it should be lived – to the fullest extent, with great background music and great friends.
Here’s to the next decade of BTTC!