Jesse Clegg jumped into the back of a Mercedes-Benz V-Class for this one and brought all of South Africa’s favourite musicians with him.
The video features several cameos, including Francois van Coke, Jack Parow, Khan Morbee, Kim Engelbrecht, Ross Learmonth and Sjava. The familiarity behind these appearances is what makes the video so entertaining – it’s both puzzling yet normal, and in representing the wonderful union between these artists, Clegg truly conveys the hopeful energy behind our country’s current music scene.
While the track itself may be a little popularized for my liking, Clegg effortlessly preserves the best qualities of his genre. From the stuttered beat drag-down, to the racy vocals and the dotty riffs, “Let It Burn” boasts a fresh stylistic mix that’s pretty top class. Clegg has always been slow to really embrace the pop aspects of his music, often halfway between radio hits and indie acoustics, so to finally see him go full out is exciting.
As the Boks have recently taught us, we’re stronger together, and Jesse Clegg knows this for sure as well. He’s got passion to share, something that I think our whole country feels pretty synonymous with right now, and when it comes down to it, “Let It Burn” is the picture of that.