Bitttereinder – Solidariteit (Music Video)

Another significant thing has happened recently that just proves that “Local is Lekker” (contrary to what was stated by Jon Savage in a recent article on Rolling Stone South Africa online). Bittereinder have released a new music video for their song Solidariteit (which happens to be a personal favorite of mine). These Pretoria boys burst onto the scene in late 2010 and have since then taken the bull by the horns in the SA Music scene. I have seen Bittereinder perform 4 times this year and every time I see them, it just seem that they are amping up their live act. The first time was at RAMFest Johannesburg this year and the last time was at Arcade Empire in Pretoria. They had the 10,000+ strong crowd dancing their behinds off at Oppikoppi Unknown Brother this year.

Bittereinder released their debut album, ‘n Ware Verhaal in February this year. I consider this album to be one of the best Afrikaans albums released this year. Their unique brand of Afrikaans Rap (which doesn’t contain any swearwords) is definitely one of the reasons why they’ve gained so much fame over the last year. Earlier in 2011 they played at Lowlands festival in the Netherlands. This festival attracts more than 55,000 visitors every year. This year’s line-up featured the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Flogging Molly, Skrillex, Skunk Anansie, The Kills, The Offspring, Young the Giant and a string other artists.

The music video for Solidariteit was shot and compiled by Bittereinder’s own Louis Minnaar. Most of the footage in this video was shot while Bittereinder were touring the Netherlands in August of this year.

This is the music video for Solidariteit followed by the lyrics

Speel hierdie snit aan die begin van elke jaar
As jy rede het vir trane dan verstaan ons mos mekaar
As jou konstante dieët bestaan uit sweet eet
Dan kan jy konkreet weet ons skree saam soos ‘n kreet
Ek ontleed maar net die eensaamheid van menswees alweer
Met my een oog op die dinamiek van nog-‘n-keer probeer
En ek kon sweer ek het jou iewers in die donker al gesien
Met jou mond oop soos ‘n tikmasjien, jou bloed vol nikotien
Miskien herken jy my ook? sien my met jou toe oë
Indien jy ook nie kan glo, verdien ons tog die antwoord
Ek’s jammer julle maar daar kan net een antwoord wees
En ek belowe jou hy lê nie in daai onheilige gees nie
Skree want ons wil stilte hê, tussen al die bottels lê
Woorde wat jy nooit kon sê, skielik vind jy weer jou stem
Sing net bietjie harder as die siele reg langs jou
In die refrein verskyn die sleutel wat ons saamstaan behou

Jy is nie alleen nie
Die aarde draai teen dieselfde spoed vir ons almal
Hou maar net vas, een somer op ‘n slag

My ritme is stukkend, dis die einde van die jaar
Ek dink oor al my vriende wat op die aardbol baljaar
Die ding hou maar net aan draai met of sonder my lawaai
Selfs al kon ek ophou lag vir Parow se gedagtes oor slaai
Jy kan sommer raai ek sit by Lollipop en kyk Kerkstraat se verkeer
Dit wil voorkom dis wat elke Desember met my gebeur
Waarlik, die mens wandel as skadubeeld rond
Die tsotsi’s en polisie en ek op dieselfde grond
En seën en vervloeking kom uit dieselfde mond
En ek worstel met my land op die rand van die afgrond
Ek is uitgeput deur afgesaagde uitdrukkings
Reënboë en 3 Talk en Facebook-uitnodigings
Maar ek is lief vir my stad en sy miljoene gesigte
Plus dis amper weer tyd om nuwejaarsvoornemings te
Maak met ‘n hart vol oorbeginnershoop
En ‘n nuwe waardeering vir die mense wat nog saam met my loop

Jy is nie alleen nie
Die aarde draai teen dieselfde spoed vir ons almal
Hou maar net vas, een somer op ‘n slag

This is a well shot and compiled music video in my humble opinion. Well Done Bittereinder! Keep up the good work! I’m looking forward to see what these boys get up to in 2012. What do you think of this song / video? Please comment on this post and let the readers of Running Wolf’s Rant know. Please comment on this post and let the readers of Running Wolf’s Rant know. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’ve enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Watch this space for regular updates in the Music category and SA Music section on this blog.

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  • Totally agree – Bittereinder are definitely one of the most exciting bands around at the moment as far as I’m concerned. I’ve played ‘n Ware Verhaal to death, and while Solidariteit isn’t my favourite track, it’s another solid single and video from a fantastic album.