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Last Updated: Tuesday March 01 2005 08:30 GMT

We rapped with Shystie for Fairtrade

Shystie with competition winners Ablaze and Shudda

Young MCs Ablaze and Shudda have been celebrating the beginning of Fairtrade fortnight with a very special recording session.

They are the winners of a national rap competition called Chocolate Rappas.

They had to write and perform a rap to make people think about Fairtrade and recorded their winning track "Dubble Trouble" with rap star Shystie.

Here they tell us all about it.

How did you get into rap?

Shudda: I've been rapping for a few years now. I've just been doing it as a hobby - this is the first time I've done anything proper. I got into rap through friends at school and listening to it on the radio.

Ablaze: I got into rap by listening to other people. Ms Dynamite had a real influence on me. Listening to a woman MC really helped me out. I've been MCing for about two years now.

How did you get involved with the competition?

Shudda: We were told about the competition by our music teacher. Me and Ablaze decided that we would give it a try. I wrote my lyrics and she wrote hers, and then we came together.

Ablaze: We were overwhelmed when we heard we had won. We thought we had just won our age category, but then we found out we were overall winners. We were jumping.

What do you think about the Fairtrade message?

Shudda: Fairtrade is something that needs to be backed and it's really great that we are doing this through rap. It's important that kids know about it.

Ablaze: Before the competition Fairtrade was something I was aware of, but I didn't know a lot about it. The competition has helped me to understand the issue and hopefully what we're doing will spread the message to other young people and they will look out for Fairtrade foods.

What's it been like working with Shystie?

Shudda: It's been brilliant. She's going to write her own lyrics for the CD too. She's been giving us tips about writing.

Ablaze: She's one of my role models. It's great to be in the studio with someone you look up to. The whole experience has been amazing and overwhelming.

Shudda (Harry) and Ablaze (Sasha), 14, London

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