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Pharoahe Monch brings fire to Soweto

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On 02 August 2014, Zone 6 in Soweto played host to a celebration of hip hop culture: the Sprite Uncontainable finale. With C-Live as MC, the event was jam-packed with everything hip hop – from live performances by emcees and dance crews to the insane NBA Memphis Grizzlies Dunk Squad, pro skateboarders and, most importantly, the contestants bringing their A-game as they battled it out.

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The stage was on fire with headline international acts Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae, local hip hop stars Revivolution, Reason, Tumi and Maggz as well as jaw-dropping performances by dance crews Artistic Intelligence and Demolition Squad.

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The real stars for the night were the emcee, dance and graff finalists who went through fierce competition rounds, giving their all to be named winner.

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DJ’s Vigilante, Vardz, P-Kuttah, Zakes and Mr X kept the beats banging while the graffiti finalists created masterpieces for the judges, B’ballers completed a high-pressure NBA Skills challenge, and SO much more.

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The NBA played a big part in the event, with the Memphis Grizzlies Dunk Squad, dancers and mascot attracting a huge crowd, along with Houston Rockets player Terrence Jones.

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Competition judges Reason, Mernoly Simba and Mars were joined by Pharoahe Monch, and the public, to select the top contestants in each category – emcee, dance, graffiti, basketball as well as fan.

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Fan finalists, selected from submissions of a piece of their work such as a picture or a poem, were paired up with emcee, dance and graffiti finalists who used their fans submission as inspiration for their performance at the event.

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The fan finalists also played their part, promoting their finalist on social media leading up to the event.

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The overall winners who walked away with the ultimate prize of a trip to New York in February 2015:

Emcee winner: Luthando Dekeni aka Lolli “skoko sase nyanga”, a kwaito-inspired emcee from Nyanga East in Cape Town, now living in Pretoria.

Dance winner: Benny Chiloane, an enthusiastic, versatile and energetic dancer from Nelspruit.

Graffiti winner: Charles Keylock aka “Riot”, a passionate graffiti artist from Randburg, Johannesburg.

B-ball winner: Andile Zulu, a lightning-fast basketballer from Katlehong.

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