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2Bop, Boaston Society, Damascvs & More Feature In SBTV's 2-Part Mini-Doc In Johannesburg & Cape Town

SBTV's mini-doc in South Africa features Johannesburg and Cape Town creatives like 2Bop, Boaston Society, Missshape, Damascvs and more.


London-based urban lifestyle video network SBTV (SmokeyBarz) recently linked with Connect/ZA on a 2-part mini-documentary on creatives in South Africa. In the first installment of Road to South Africa we're introduced to Johannesburg key players in fashion and music like Soweto's DJ LoveSlave, Thesis Lifestyle label founder Wireless G, and Missshape's Jamal Nxedlana. The second part is a fifteen-minute glimpse of Cape Town set to music by Damascvs, and features video game apparelmaker 2Bop and lifestyle stores S.A.M. (South African Market), Issa Leo and Boaston Society, Creative Nestlings, and Inzync poet Adrian Van Wyk. Watch SBTV's 2-part Road To South Africa below.

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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