#FeesMustFall is in a UK rap song

CityPress - - News - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

UK rap­per Lit­tle Simz’s mu­sic video for her lat­est sin­gle Grat­i­tude, fea­tur­ing footage from the #FeesMustFall move­ment and South African dancers and skaters, was met with much on­line en­thu­si­asm this week.

De­scribed as “in­cred­i­ble” in a ra­dio in­ter­view by US hip-hop star Ken­drick La­mar ear­lier this year, Lit­tle Simz – whose real name is Simbi Ajikawo (21) – is seen in Cape Town in a fe­dora and round sun­glasses.

The song, from her al­bum A Cu­ri­ous Tale of Tri­als + Per­sons, starts with the lyrics: “Oh, bro­ken homes and lonely souls is all they know...” The video shows stu­dents crowded in front of the Brem­ner build­ing at the Univer­sity of Cape Town (UCT), and then march­ing to the uni­ver­sity’s up­per cam­pus.

Cape Town film maker Im­raan Chris­tian cap­tured the footage and stills at UCT in Oc­to­ber dur­ing stu­dent protests against ris­ing ter­tiary fees. On Fri­day, Chris­tian told City Press he met the video’s di­rec­tor, Bri­ton Jeremy Cole, when they made a kwaito doc­u­men­tary in Cape Town two years ago. “We’ve kept in touch. He saw my pho­tos of protest and liked them. Within a week, they were here shoot­ing,” he said.

Chris­tian wrote on Face­book: “For many of us, #FeesMustFall lit some­thing in our essence that can’t quite be de­scribed, nor ex­tin­guished. We ex­pe­ri­enced a spe­cial en­ergy, a rad­i­cal con­nec­tion, in­con­solable pain.”

In the video, Rayne Moses, founder of Gugulethu-based youth up­lift­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion Ne­bula Skate­board­ing, does skat­ing tricks in a street with Table Moun­tain in the back­ground.

Moses said he was a big Lit­tle Simz fan, but sadly did not get to meet her. His cameo was filmed early last month.

“The video’s mes­sage is in line with our ed­u­ca­tion goals, get­ting kids off the streets and into schools. She’s an in­cred­i­ble artist on the come-up, so it was a big hon­our,” he said.

The video also fea­tures slick dance moves by Jar­rel Mathe­bula, founder of the com­mu­nity-based dance project Indige­nous Dance Academy in Tem­bisa, Ekurhu­leni.

It was re­leased on red­bull.com on Wed­nes­day.

Lit­tle Simz

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