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Cassper Nyovest Dedicates Fiery 'War Ready' Video To The Students Of The Soweto Uprising

South African rapper Cassper Nyovest's new music video for "War Ready" is dedicated to the student victims of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

Screengrab: Cassper Nyovest's "War Ready" music video, directed by Kyle Lewis.
June 16th marks 40 years since the apartheid police opened fire on protesting black schoolchildren in Soweto. Four decades later Cassper Nyovest’s new video is dedicated to the student victims of the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The visuals are for the single “War Ready,” off the South African rapper’s sophomore album, Refiloe. The fiery track sees Nyovest rap “this is war” over chants and the pounding production of Ganja Beatz.

The video is equally fiery. Directed by Kyle Lewis, it begins with a dedication:


“In 1976, the South African Government declared a State of Emergency. For the next thirteen years, schoolchildren adopted a campaign of resistance. Over 750 were killed, over 10,000 arrested, many more tortured and assaulted. This films is dedicated to them.”

The clip proceeds to draw clear parallels between the 1976 protests and today’s #FeesMustFall movement as South Africa’s Black students are once again forced to square off against the authorities.

Watch below.

Revisit Talib Kweli and Nyovest's day out in Soweto with Okayafrica TV:

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Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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