Today Red Bull Music is releasing Rave & Resistance, a SA Club Culture documentary that looks at the birth of club culture in Johannesburg.
The documentary features the views of industry giants like Oskido, Lakuti, Bob Mabena, Vinny Da Vinci and others. They take people on a journey to the origins of dance music in South Africa. The documentary will be available on Red Bull YouTube and Red Bull TV from 8 AM today.
The documentary references the most distinct periods in South African music culture. It’s directed by Zandi Tisani (a Johannesburg-based filmmaker). Rave & Resistance reminisces on how legends such as Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Chicco Twala, Dan Nkosiand the likes, shaped the face of bubblegum, and subsequently influenced the emergence of musicians such as Zola, Bongo Maffin, Mdu, Mandoza and Boom Shaka.
Music has always been an intrinsic bedrock for the South African society. It’s a phenomenon that was evident during the most difficult times of apartheid (because it epitomised social cohesion). Today music continues to play an important role in society (aside from pure entertainment).
More info about Rave & Resistance (A SA Club Culture Documentary)
It will draw you back to a time in townships where young black kids were finding a way to voice their experiences in a way that had never been done before, while white people, struggling with their privilege, were looking at ways to connect with a world they had been separated from.
These two worlds would collide in abandoned buildings in the inner city and mega bashes in the townships. Their combined efforts would produce a sound. This sound would help South Africa to forge its identity and become significant across the world.
Rave & Resistance revisits pivotal moments in music history. It recalls a rainbow nation that was flanked by bubblegum music and social clubs that were open to people of all races and sexualities. This was an era that marked rapid change and social upheaval. Apartheid was drawing to a close and the new South Africa was yet to be born. SA Club Culture evolved.
For more info on Rave & Resistance, visit this the Red Bull website like and chat to them on Facebook, or join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @RedBullZA using the hashtags #redbullmusic #raveandresistance.
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