Using music to fight mayhem

 

CHANGING LIVES: Gospel rapper Neil Armstrong, left, and Raymond Mateza of gospel vocal group Legit for Christ minister to children in Kleinskool through their music
CHANGING LIVES: Gospel rapper Neil Armstrong, left, and Raymond Mateza of gospel vocal group Legit for Christ minister to children in Kleinskool through their music

WHEN gangsterism flared up in Arcadia in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas two years ago, local musicians decided to jump in and try to save what was left of the youth.

Gospel rapper Neil Armstrong and his good friend, Raymond Mateza from vocal group Legit for Christ, started a non-profit organisation, Truth Squad, using arts to teach youngsters life skills.

Since Truth Squad’s inception, monthly Block (short for Believers Lounging on Corners for the Kingdom) Parties (short for Positive Arts Relevant to the Youth) have taken over gang-plagued play parks where youngsters now gather to show off their talents and receive ministry and motivation. – Alvené du Plessis

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