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Nov 12, 2009

Mic to mic competition to combat crime

Story PictureThe police statistics on the crime for October showed lesser reported activity by the criminals compared to the previous month. A small reprieve, as criminals continue on the prowl and the community is gripped by fear. Various youth support organizations including BAPSS, C.Y.D.P., Y.E.S. and Youth For the Future are carrying out events to stop the violence and keep youth engaged in positive activities. On October second, Y.F.F. held an “Enough is Enough” Peace Rally in the St. Martin’s De Porres Area in Belize City and are now gearing up for another event. This time it is a competition called “Mic to Mic”. News Five’s Duane Moody found out more.

Duane Moody, Reporting
What you are hearing is not noise; it is a form of expression in a positive and creative manner and the Mic to Mic competition was a collaboration between Y.F.F. and the Nu Generation Dance Company’s Joseph Stamp Romero that will do just that. It promotes the arts as an outlet to substitute crime and violence.

Joseph Stamp Romero, Producer, Mic to Mic Competition
“Mic to Mic is a rap competition that seeks to get out the rapping talent in Belize. There are a lot of young men who want to express themselves through rapping. We saw that through the peace rally in October, that young men want to come out and they really want to express themselves. So like masters, which is a performance outlet, Mic to Mic will do the same only this time for rappers. What we are promoting here is rap in its original form, which is a social mobile to create consciousness in the society—we don’t want anything vulgar, we don’t want anything that people will be turned off by because we want everybody to support the show. Definitely we ask that they have clean lyrics and that it’s positive.”

Local Music Producer and Hip-Hop Artist, Ashton Saunders a.k.a. King Ace, who produced and sang on the theme track for Season Two of Master of the Floor, says that he has been doing music for the past five years and it is keeping him out of trouble.

Ashton “King Ace” Saunders, Music Producer and Hip Hop Artist
“I’m into music from I young and I really tek it serious. Like five years back like weh I tell yoh. I just love hip hop too mien. I produce hip hop beats, songs; I produce most ah di hip hop artist dah Belize too.”

Duane Moody
“What have you found are the challenges that you face with wanting to produce your own music and others?”

Ashton “King Ace” Saunders
“Most of all finance—it’s a big financial problem. Nobody really support artists and thing and artist hardly got money fi come eena di studio come work. So sometime I just help out dehn.”

But despite the challenges, some youths turn to music as an avenue to express themselves.

Joseph Stamp Romero
“There is a large fraction of our young people who are really into the arts so we have to find ways to foster that or else we are going to lose them to the streets. So this is only one way that we can actually do that; by exposing what they do and I really want to thank Channel Five because as I mentioned, Duets and other shows is a great way to do that. It’s a great way to say that Belize has talent and these are the talents.”

Mic to Mic starts at seven p.m. at BTL Park on Newtown Barracks. First place will receive one thousand dollars, while second and third will receive six and four hundred dollars respectively. Duane Moody, reporting for News Five.

Deadline to sign up for the competition is on Tuesday at YFF Office by Bel-China Bridge.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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