On Saturday, June 4, Youth Month kicks off in earnest, with a series of activations. From shows at Artscape, here in the Mother City, I am sure events will culminate near Orlando West High School (Hotstix Mabuse’s alma mater). This was where, on 16 June 1976 in Soweto, South Africa changed forever, thanks to the actions of a small group that helped shape the democracy we all enjoy today.
Sadly though, some 22 years into our democracy, and 40 years post the riots, so much of the hard work and sacrifice made lies in waste due to corruption and lies. Unnecessarily sad and yet an equally sad reflection of the apathy and entitlement so many young South Africans wear on their sleeves today. So how do we go about shaking the rot out and investing in the next generation? How do we engineer thinking, to bring shared understanding to the table so that children can learn what went before them?
One event that could facilitate a start in that direction is the Driemanskap Youth Celebration in Langa, taking place on Saturday, June 4, set up to commemorate fallen and living heroes in our new democracy.
The doors open at 12-noon at GugaSithebe and activities include live music performances, a fashion show segment, short films and exhibitions.
Driemanskap is a four-member crew, made up of members El Nino, Ma-B, Redondo and Dla. Having already gone from strength to strength, driving crowds crazy with their high energy, their hurricane-like performances have truly become the stuff of legend.
Driemanskap form the vanguard of the new generation of proudly South African hip hop artists – the ones who understand that hip hop, more than any other musical art form, is about addressing important issues and representing where you’re from.
They are one of the pioneers of the Spaza Movement, representing Cape Town with a rhyme style that combines their mother tongue, isiXhosa, with English and Cape Flats slang.
Recently the collective shared the stage at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival that took place at the Cape Town City Hall. Only a month ago they took part in the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
So big things past and bigger plans ahead for these musical mavericks. With more crews like this – socially aware and consciously respectful – we can all celebrate Youth Day with hope for the future of all.
The tickets are available from the Driemanskap Facebook page for R30, or pay R40 at the door.
Gigs of the week:
Pops Mohamed, SA’s leading indigenous-contemporary-crossover artist, and Dave Reynolds, SA’s leading steelpan player, will be performing at the following venues in the coming days:
Friday, June 3
12 Windsor Rd
Tickets at the door (R165)
Sat, June 4
Sun, June 5
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Together Pops and Dave have performed over 150 concerts together, including headlining Festivals such as the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown 2015, a show which will be released as a live album in early August this year.