Last weekend, I attended the Red Bull Beat Battle, a dance competition that pitted 8 crews, representing a variety of styles from krumping, b-boying to pantsula. The event took place at the Blue Room which is next to Park Station and the setup was awesome, in particular the production, which incorporated a high stage – so everyone could see – big screens, flashing lights and DJ Switch above everyone else, dishing the perfect beats for the night. He played everyone from Brenda Fassie and Michael Jackson to the more contemporary rap pop.
The judges were Kabelo Mabalane (Bouga Luv), Somizi Mhlongo, Lorna Maseko and Vouks Nojokes. The structure of the competition was that each crew danced in the first round; in the second round, they went head to head with another crew, with the crowd deciding on which crew then received bonus points, which were added to the judges scores. In the semi-finals, the four crews who have the overall highest scores, battled each other.
The crews on the night were:
- Artistic Intelligence (AI) – Hip Hop crew from Johannesburg
- Real Actions – Pantsula crew from Orange Farm
- Ubuntu Boys – Breaking crew from Cape Town
- Royal Fam Kings – Krump crew from Cape Town
- Afro Tribal – Freestyle crew from Soweto
- Soweto’s Finest – Isbhujwa crew from … yes … Soweto
- Shakers & Movers – Pantsula crew from Soweto
- Genesis Kings – Krump crew from Durban