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Boiler Room x Ballantine’s Release “Cape Town: A Right to Shine”

True Music Africa Episode 1 spotlights Cape Town’s DIY music scene.

6 Feb 2018 / Opinion / written by Tecla Ciolfi

“If you’re just like, looking for a break, it’s not really going to happen for you in Cape Town unless you make it happen for yourself,” says rapper Dope Saint Jude at the beginning of Boiler Room x Ballantine’s original documentary.

This is first episode that forms part of a larger True Music Africa series that spotlights African creatives pushing boundaries in their genre field. It this video, YoungstaCPT, K$ and Dope Saint Jude talk frankly about what it’s like to hustle in a city that’s still deeply divided along social and economic lines, despite how far Capetonians have come over the last few years.

“One key point that stands out for Cape Town hip hop that’s different to the rest of South Africa is the activism,” Youngsta explains just after he’s spat a piercing rhyme laced with political lyrics that drive his point home.

Despite clocking in at just under nine-and-a-half minutes, the first part of this documentary packs a few punches with some much-needed truths and is a must-watch.

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