An almost mind boggling mix of traditional and modern along with more styles and pace variants than dance moves inspired by these musical pioneers. Born out a quest for something new and fresh as well as an honest creative expression of the DJ’s and producers own cultures, the film is an exciting exploration into what makes South Africa unique.
There are parallels with the way Hip Hop exploded out of New York in the 1970s with producers playing their beats to a live crowd and then recording them in a studio at a later date. The underground nature of this sub-culture also means that tunes go viral on the Internet instead of being released ‘officially’ meaning the composer/producer of local hit tracks are sometimes unknown.
The immense diversity of culture and languages can only mean that the styles vary almost wildly between cities and townships. Even to an untrained ear the music emanating from the clubs in Cape Town is quite distinct from the music energising the crowds at ‘Spin Parties‘ in Atteridgeville.
While this means performers and musicians can become territorial about their sound and the market can be quite niche locally, it is also a celebration of all the different flavours of Mzansi. The film projected a very hopeful future where this diversity is in fact celebrated and will organically bring people together, healing the old wounds that still scar the mental landscape of the nation.
He felt that while the film was an accurate portrayal of the House Music scene back home, he mentioned that there were so many more unique sounds on offer including one of the biggest and “truly African” sounds – Jamaican inspired Southern Africa Dancehall.
The film highlighted some very exciting developments occurring back in Mzansi, and with technology improving at lightning speed, the future sounds can only be more thrilling.