A PORT Elizabeth B-boying crew put the city on the map with their flips and tricks at the annual African Hip-Hop Indaba competition in Cape Town recently.
Dance group Psyko Souljahz from Schauderville – Leroy Hanse, 26, Andy-Lee Ashene, 24, Theodore Oliphant, 23, Ryno Kammies, 22, Ya-Eesh Campher, 24, Christopher Samuels, 26, and Emile Jooste, 24 – was tagged as the second-best B-boy crew in South Africa.
The competition included five categories: krumping, popping, house dancing, nu-school hip- hop battles and the main category of the event, B-boying, in which the Psyko Souljahz came second out of eight crews.
Psyko Souljahz were trounced in the finals by the Cape Town- based Concrete Apostles who emerged overall winners. Campher, who has been representing different crews for the past four years at the competition, said they went to the event fully prepared but things did not go their way.
"I have always been part of the winning team, but coming second is not a disappointment – it's a learning curve."
The group was faced with obstacles in the last minutes of their preparations for the competition, but that did not dampen their spirit.
"Theodor pulled a shoulder muscle during the rehearsals. It was a big blow because we had to rearrange everything we have worked on," Hanse said.
Jooste was also pleased with the outcome of the competition.
"All I wanted to do, was to put Port Elizabeth on the map. We are second in South Africa and it is good just to know that other cities now have respect for us."