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A MUSIC video about gang culture on the Cape Flats has gone viral on YouTube, reaching nearly 93 000 views in its first week.
The Good and the Bad is the debut track for The Boesman Project. It features Jimmy Dludlu on guitar, vocals by Kirk Krotz and Vicky Sampson, and mixing by DJ Ready D.
The music video was launched last Thursday at the District Six Museum, in conjunction with the Ceasefire gang mediation group based in Hanover Park.
The launch was The Boesman Project’s first live performance, although Krotz already had a burgeoning internet following. He wrote The Good and the Bad one night on the N1 while on his way home to Mitchells Plain.
With the tune came a picture in his head, so it just made sense to set the music video – that he filmed himself – within the gang culture of Mitchells Plain where he grew up.
“It’s a s**t area, but I have the best memories there,” he said. “I remember running down the hills, the same hills where they found the bodies of the Station Strangler’s victims.”
The theme of his hit track is the tension between Krotz’s fond memories and his anger at the daily struggle of life on the Flats: it’s about the good as well as the bad.
The video features a black-and-white montage of imagery about gang culture and its recent history. From tattoos and bullet scars to dancing and graffiti, it is a rough and creative look at a culture as rich in traditions as it is violent. - Cape Argus