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This Documentary Highlights Cape Town Indie Artists’ ‘Do It Yourself’ Attitude

"If you are looking for a break, it's not gonna happen for you really in Cape Town, unless you make it happen for yourself." – Dope Saint Jude

A new documentary by True Music Africa, a joint project between Boiler Room and Ballantine's scotch whisky, focuses on four Cape Town indie artists and their hustles.


Rappers Dope Saint Jude, YoungstaCPT and DJs Aux Womdanso and K-$ all share their experiences of being independent artists in the Mother City.

K-$ comments on the perceived renaissance of the city's music scene, saying: "The only reason that we were being slept on before was because we weren't putting in the same amount of effort, and we weren't realizing that we could make things happen for ourselves. We don't have to rely on anyone."

Read: The New Era Of Cape Town Hip-Hop

YoungstaCPT, who has managed to break out countrywide, which is rare for a Cape Town rapper, ensures you know that being indie isn't all fun and games even though he loves it. "It's going to be harder," he says. "It's going to come with its own set of challenges, disadvantages, pitfalls and failures."

"If you are looking for a break," says Dope Saint Jude, "it's not gonna happen for you really in Cape Town, unless you make it happen for yourself." Words that are reiterated by Aux Womdanso: "If you'll wait for government handouts, you'll wait forever, if you want something done, do it yourself."

The artists also touch on violence against queer black and brown bodies, divisions in Cape Town, the activism aspect of Cape Town hip-hop, among other topics.

Watch the documentary below, and revisit our interviews with YoungstaCPT and Dope Saint Jude here and here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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