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BCUC Highlights The Role Ordinary Sowetans Played In The Struggle In The Video For ‘Nobody Knows’

Watch BCUC's latest music video.

Soweto-based band BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) make music for the people. In their latest video for the song "Nobody Knows," which we are premiering here, they make art with the people.


The video's establishing scene is of ordinary Sowetans recounting their experiences of growing up in the apartheid days. Then shots of present day Soweto are intercut with clips from the struggle.

"The song and the video," says Jovi, the band's lead singer, "are talking about the resilience that we need to have in these hard times (politically). We already have been through the hardest times and we can't give up now. We can't be busy attacking each other, we need to keep the eyes on the ball.'

"The concept for 'Nobody Knows' came about over time talking to BCUC," says the director Chris Kets. "The song itself speaks to the idea of people's struggles going unnoticed. With Rhodes Must Fall and the taking down of the statue, we began the discussion of who or what needs to be memorialized. In the video we were trying to create our own statues out of ordinary people from Soweto, and in this way, highlight the struggles of everyday life in the bigger context of South Africa's struggle for freedom and the role ordinary people in Soweto played in that."

The song itself, just like most of the band's music, is guaranteed to touch untapped corners of your soul and awaken spirits that have been sleeping for ages. The hook, which goes, "Nobody knows the things I've seen," is sung in a church choir style, accompanied by imbongi-style poetry.

Watch the video for "Nobody Knows" below:

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Relive OkayAfrica & Nike's Epic Naija Worldwide Bash in This New Video

Get a glimpse of the fun and good vibes featuring Burna Boy, Laolu Senbanjo, DJ Tunez and more.

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Naija Worldwide, presented by OkayAfrica and Nike, was the epitome of summertime vibes in Brooklyn this summer.

Partygoers came through to The Well to celebrate Nike's triumphant Nigeria kits as Team Nigeria headed to Russia with style. In this recap video, you'll get a glimpse of the fun along with some familiar faces like Laolu Senbanjo, DJ Moniki, DJ Moma and DJ Tunez, along with our surprise performance guest, Burna Boy.

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The Super Eagles Stylishly Beat Iceland in the World Cup & Nigerians Are Going Crazy

All of the best social media reactions from Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland.

Nigeria just beat Iceland 2-0 in of the World Cup, leaving them second in Group D.

The Super Eagles started the game in shy form, putting together a first half performance that was at times cold and even dicey.

However, the second half saw the team wake up and fully charge forward. A change of formation had them attacking a lot more, which opened up a counter attack that led to Leicester City winger Ahmed Musa's incredible control touch and strike for the Super Eagles' first goal.

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This New EP Traces Africa's Musical Influences Across Cuba, Brazil & the U.S.

Listen to our premiere of the DJ Jigüe's Afrosekuela EP.

DJ Jigüe is a selector who blends experimental electronic music with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms.

In his new 3-song EP, Afrosekuela, the DJ and producer explores three different regions that have been strongly influenced and shaped by the African diaspora: Brazil, Cuba and the United States.

"Ponte de Pie" was inspired by hip-hop and the underground electronic music of Detroit. It samples the Sugar Hill Gang's iconic chorus from "Rapper's Delight."

The second track "Afrosekuela" is a sonic meeting of Angolan kuduro rhythms with Afro-Cuban drums. While "Bateria Perfecta" highlights the Africa's influence on Brazilian rhythms and percussion.

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