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Revivolution’s FuSion brings back cinematic storytelling to South African Hip Hop with his new video.

Following the impressive releases from Inferno Williams, Tony Dangler(formerly known as Fudge Da Fugitive), Tommy Ills, Impropoe and Illy Amin from 2014 to 2016, the Revivolution camp further displays their intention of shifting the narrative within the South African Hip Hop and general youth culture scenes, respectively. With a team that carries skill sets that extend far beyond just music, they consistently release impressive projects which are conceptualized and brought to fruition in-house by the members of Revivolution.

The creative collective intentionally released Downtime by the charismatic MC, FuSion, on Valentine’s day. The video for Downtime serves to paint a different picture of Valentine’s day and what is expected on the day and alternatively showcases some of the mishaps that may happen on the day. The theme of the video lends reference to some of the gory stories associated with the day and we can mention Oscar Pistorius’ case where he murdered his girlfriend on Valentine’s day. The video dives deeper into all things could go wrong in the human experience, particularly in love. The lyrics of the song give the visuals a stronger punch in furthering the story of video. Despite it being blunt and alternative to generic notions of the day, the song’s video is in line with lyrics of the song. It is a bold move to go the route taken in this video, especially when people are expecting particular depictions of  Valentine’s day.

The visuals for Downtime is eloquently anti-Valentine’s Day and it’s great and well-timed.Cinematic storytelling has been missing in South African music and to be honest, in music in general. The songs release serves as worthy showcase of South Africa’s talent. The video was shot at the Bannister Hotel which is located in Johannesburg’s buzzing youth hub, Braamfontein.

Watch the video for Downtime below.

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Arabian Gang$ter: This is how the Cape Flats and Zurich sound like when combined.

As talks of the Grammy’s die down, something incredible happened. A video, which is the result of a creative exchange between South Africa and Switzerland, was released a day after Valentine’s Day. What a treat it is. The song, Arabian Gang$ter, which got some visual treatment is one of the stand out tracks from the collaborative album between YoungstaCPT, a well-respected South African MC, and a producer from Switzerland who is a landmark in his own right, called Maloon TheBoom. The two artists came together to release a project called Y?Fi Mixtape. The title of the album stands to reference Y?GEN which is Youngsta’s own record label with which he releases all his creative work and also runs his own events. The album is also available on vinyl.

The visuals of Arabian Gang$ter come at time where the world is experience the worst Islamophobia. In the song, Youngsta speaks of how marginalized the coloured community is in South Africa. He tells a story of the evident opposites that exist in the coloured community in Cape Town, where religion, the struggle to be identified as worthy group that deserves as share of the fruits of the new South Africa and gangsterism. The song gives you a cinematic view of how life is in the Cape flats. In the song, Youngsta uses different linguistic influences and styles with are authentically South African and to be more specific, Cape coloured. If you ever wanted an honest assessment of South Africa and the Islam faith in South Africa, Arabian Gang$ter is the song to listen to.

The video was shot in Zurich, Switzerland. Youngsta is currently prepping for a tour of Australia which starts next week. Maloon TheBoom and his collective Boyoom Connective are poised to release stellar releases in 2017.

Watch the video below.