Peo­ple are liv­ing there

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Fi­nally, a de­pic­tion of life on the Cape Flats that of­fers a nor­ma­tive nar­ra­tive of laugh­ter, squab­bles, fam­ily and friend­ship.

Thank you Zaki Ibrahim. The South African-Cana­dian singer-song­writer has dropped the lat­est video – Draw The Line – off her de­but full-length al­bum Ev­ery Op­po­site (2012).

With its puls­ing elec­tron­ica and smooth, zesty vo­cals, the video’s story is op­po­site to the pop­u­lar Cape Flats nar­ra­tive in ev­ery way.

From Die Ant­wo­ord’s hack­ing of gang­ster sym­bol­ism through to the wave of vi­o­lent num­ber-gang movies and books emerg­ing, you’d be con­vinced the Flats is a war zone.

In fact, peo­ple are liv­ing there and com­ing of age with a tex­tured ex­pe­ri­ence.

The singer says: “Com­ing from the Cape Flats and over­com­ing an en­vi­ron­ment with chal­lenges such as poverty, drugs, sex­ual as­sault and post-apartheid con­di­tion­ing is no easy feat. Cre­at­ing your own path and shin­ing your light through ad­ver­sity, tak­ing ev­ery­thing that you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced and ev­ery­thing you are is what the song is about.” Viva. Zap the icon to watch the video and see more of Zaki Ibrahim

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