South African rapper Cassper Nyovest's new music video for "War Ready" is dedicated to the student victims of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
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.
Revisit Talib Kweli and Nyovest's day out in Soweto with Okayafrica TV: