Watch | Red Bull’s documentary ‘Rave & Resistance’ delves into the birth of club culture in ’90s Johannesburg

Red Bull's documentary 'Rave & Resistance' delves into the birth of club culture in 90's Johannesburg


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Red Bull‘s Rave & Resistance documentary takes the viewer on a journey to the origins of the dance music scene in South Africa in the early ’90s.

The story of South Africa is a story of polarity, opposites and contradictions. The same can be said about our music. The early ’90s marked a period of rapid change and social upheaval – apartheid was dying but the New South Africa had yet to be born. On both sides of the colour line, artists and outsiders began looking for a way to articulate this new identity.

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Within the township young black kids were finding a way to voice their experience in a way that had never been done before, while white people struggling with their privilege were looking at ways to connect with a world they had been separated from. These two worlds would collide in abandoned buildings in the inner city and mega bashes in the townships. Their combined efforts would produce a sound that would help this country forge its identity and become significant across the world.

Watch the Red Bull‘s ‘Rave & Resistance’ in full below.

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