UK-based SBTV is an online youth broadcaster covering music and culture through video, and attracting millions of views to its Youtube channel. They visited South Africa recently and in association with British Council Connect ZA created a 2-part series exploring the intertwining music and street culture scenes here, introduced in the videos by locals doing exciting things in creative fields.
While it might feel like these videos come off the back of a whole host of mini documentaries – branded and independent – centred around the rise of Braamfontein, the filmmakers and facilitators have gone further than previous offerings to bring us fresh faces, voices and insights. The Cape Town video is especially refreshing, showcasing people and communities that go largely undocumented when international media visits our shores to capture what’s happening on the streets and stage.
In part one we hear from DJ Kenzhero and King B outside Father Coffee in Braamfontein, stop by the Red Bull satellite studio to hear Sofaya recording ‘Love in Soweto’ and are then shown Soweto by DJ Loveslave before popping into Thesis to hear from DJ Wireless G. Next, MISSSHAPE founder Jamal Nxedlana speaks about his fashion brand and the video culminates with an acoustic performance by Msaki who has the crowd enraptured with her haunting voice.
Part two is set in Cape Town where Keenan Hagins, Marketing Manager of Boaston Society, introduces Smith & Abrahams General Dealers and Outfitters in Woodstock where Kalo lets us know more about 2BOP. The next stops are back in the CBD to visit SAM (South African Market), store/cafe Issa Leo on Loop street and head back to Boaston Society to hear from KB Massive and watch rappers Fonzo and Ngola perform. Lunga Meteta-Phiri and Dillion Phiri from Creative Nestlings talk from Yours Truly about uplifting local creatives before we see the results of a mural competition they ran recently in Langa, which is where we hear from artist Andy Mkosi. Blogger Didintle Ntsie talks from Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha before the video ends with a powerful spoken word performance by poet Adrian van Wyk at The Fugard.
SBTV says, “We were honoured to get the opportunity to fly out to South Africa to connect with the talent out there. We had an incredible time learning about the culture and how music has developed.” Their team will be releasing videos on behalf of British Council Connect ZA over the next week and a half based on their time in South Africa and the people they met.
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