I feel proud to be a South African on a daily basis. This video just escalated that feeling ten-fold.
Cape Town hailing all-female trio Sterling EQ take it deep into home soil with this cover of Dan Heymann’s epical anti-apartheid protest song which was first suraced in the mid 1980’s.
Featuring Muzukidz, a Captonian organisation which provides violin tuition to low income township families, the video is a cinematic yet simplistic story of the ever-present themes of hope, sacrifice and opportunity – themes which I feel are as important now as they were 40 years ago.
The colour-soaked, sweeping visuals juxtapose windswept, fynbos-fringed mountainside roads with the dusty streets and tin roofs of Langa and Khayelitsha – Devils Peak looming in the background.
Following a mother and daughter (violin in hand) on their separate commutes from home, the video slips through quiet morning streets to bustling train stations, taxis, school buildings, violin lessons.
The children take to the Atlantic coast roads, and then their own township streets: faces painted, violins poised at their chins. It’s riveting and touching and wildly cinematic all at once.
If you listen you’ll just barely catch the haunting strains of “Nkosi sikelele” – but it’s there. It was there in the original too, when the song itself was banned in the country.
This is a sweeping, beautiful representation of the South Africa we live in and strive to be as a people.