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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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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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