Soweto’s own Soulistic Fusion Trio has won the Red Bull Beat Battle challenge that took place on Saturday at Walter Sisulu Square. The trio was up against B-Boys and Ninja Turtles from Cape Town in the final round.
The judging panel consisted of Somizi Mhlongo, Lorna Maseko, Vouks and Lorcia Cooper, were enthralled by the caliber of dancers.
Cooper, an acclaimed dancer, remarked, “This was my first Red Bull Beat Battle and I was completely blown away. Round after round the dancing just kept getting better.”
“There are no words to describe how we feel right now,” said Blessing Dhlamini, founder and crew member of Soulistic Fusion Trio.
“We are so overwhelmed with joy and we’re so happy that all our hard work paid off. We definitely brought it and we’re excited that the judges and the crowd noticed.”
The night started off with a touching tribute to fallen dancer Prince Mofokeng who passed away tragically from cancer earlier this year. His crew – Shakers and Movers – was part of the inaugural Red Bull Beat Battle in 2011.
As the night rolled out, stellar performances by Kat la Kat, DJ Switch, Sibot, DJ Speedsta and more, served as a perfect pinnacle to the end of this celebration of South African dance and music culture.
The Red Bull Beat Battle celebrates local street dance from B-Boying to Pantsula. Each dance team brings their own unique flavour to the competition and lighting up the impressive stage.