umlilo-by-smangaliso-tshabalala2Cape Town’s Kwaai diva Umlilo, shares his unique take on the South African youth struggle – ‘#FeesMustFall’ – with this inspiring visuals for standout tune ‘Umzabalazo’, the fourth single from his sophomore EP ‘Aluta’, released via NaasMUSIC.

On the performance art film, which saw Umlilo reunited with ALV productions and Odendaal Esterhuyse, the Avant-garde Cape Town singer/producer and performance artist says: “We wanted to create a unique South Africa story that reflects the existential crisis and bewilderment many South Africans feel as a result of these oppressive structures that continue to dominate our everyday lived experiences and our collective future”.umlilo-by-smangaliso-tshabalala“While I was away in India – says director Odendaal Esterhuyse – I followed the #FEESMUSTFALL movement quite closely. It added a lot to the concept of this video. I felt this weird tension because I wanted to be a part of it but I couldn’t. In retrospect, I don’t know if I would have been a part of it even if I was in SA…maybe that was just a fantasy. That’s where the idea of the two characters in Umzabalazo originated…the one is the reality, the other is a digital projection of the fantasy”.

Check out the ambitious Google-map visual project, on Umlilo’s website:


Photography by Smangaliso Tshabalala