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The Boesman Project is easily one of the most refreshing things to come out of Cape Town this quarter. At the core of the project is Kirk Krotz (pictured), a singer-songwriter who has roped in some well-known artists to play a part in a collaborative musical journey.
Even before there was a big media shindig to officially launch the first single, The Good And The Bad, the video had amassed more than 60 000 hits on YouTube. But what’s the story behind it?
“I went through a period where I was dreaming about Mitchells Plain a lot – the hood I grew up in,” explains Krotz. “Vividly recalling old memories like one morning seeing my best friend’s father passed out in the gutter outside our house just as my friend came out of his house.
“I’ll never forget the look of shame in his eyes. I never said anything to him. I think in our silence we both felt like helpless victims of a f*****-up world.”
“I also have the most amazing memories of building a waentjie with that same friend. I actually wrote a suite of songs dedicated to these memories.
“I think The Good and the Bad is the song that encompasses most the ‘function within the dysfunction’ of growing up in a place like Mitchells Plain.
“It speaks to the love/hate relationship I have with the Plain.”
The song also has a strong focus on pulling people out of the gang culture that is prevalent in the Western Cape. For the video, Krotz worked with Ceasefire, an organisation that helps reformed gangsters talk to youngsters to promote non-violence and peace.
Krotz says: “Ceasefire helped me get approval from the gangsters who feature in the video.
“I knew that I had to follow the right channels and show respect to the people used in the video. I sat on the video for about two months while Ceasefire assisted me.
“I met Pastor Craven (Engel), the head of Ceasefire, a few months ago and I was privileged to witness some of the good work they are doing.
“Hanover Park is at war. Ceasefire is actively saving lives on a daily basis. I am a fan of the work they do and have asked to be involved in raising awareness for the organisation.
“That is the nature of Ceasefire’s involvement in the music. Purely from an inspirational standpoint.”
Krotz has also involved the likes of Vicky Sampson and Jimmy Dludlu in some good songs. How exactly does someone who is relatively unknown get such heavy hitters to feature on his songs?
“I guess you can call it hustling,” Krotz jokes, “Just kidding. The music industry is relatively small. And songwriters – which I see myself as primarily – are a rare breed in our industry.
“I was introduced to Vicky and Jimmy as a ‘hot young songwriter with a moerse catalogue of numbers’. The day I met Jimmy he recorded a solo on two of my songs. It feels unreal to be playing with these people I grew up listening to.”
• The Boesman Project will release an album next year.