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Acoustic Soul presents: Freedom express! 25 April, Makhaya's Lounge, Fingo Township, Grahamstown

Officially Offside is the movement of young Khulumani community activists who engage in activities that link the past with the present in intergenerational dialogue and who explore the use of community spaces for activities for reflective youth expression.

The evening of 25 April 2012 at 19:00, Officially Offside hosts an event in anticipation of FREEDOM DAY at Makhaya's Lounge in FIngo VIllage, Grahamstown.

Xolile Madinda of Officially Offside explains, "Acoustic Soul is a live music event hosted at Makhaya's Place in Fingo township in Grahamstown. Officially Offside was approached to assist in in conceptualising and initiating the event, a first of its kind being hosted in this most popular night joint in Grahamstown.

"Our philosophy as Officially Offside is that we have to build positivity back into our community spaces using art forms as a form of social interaction and political conscientising. From 1994 we have seen how Black people have stopped making things happen in the communities in which they live. The predominant feeling is that people want and expect the ruling party or government to do things for them, as if they can do nothing for themselves.

"We feel that art is a valuable tool to get people to see that the art has never stopped; to get people speaking and asking questions, using art forms like Hip Hop, live music and poetry within our own communities, following artists like Miriam Makeba, Mzwake Mbuli and others.

"Young people today are still moving in that direction - to find our freedom in our art to take back the capacities that seem to have been taken from people and communities. Apartheid caused the destruction of our communities and also the capacities of people to think for themselves and to direct their own lives.  Finding the stories of Khulumani Support Group has been a blessing to us as the youth."

Peace, X

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