People are living there
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