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Pitch Perfect, Episode 6: Street Pop Rocks Soweto

Jul11

Zothani Vilakazi and Mlungisi Gamede started Street Pop two years ago in the streets of Soweto. Today, they help spread underground music from Johannesburg to Norway to New York and beyond. In this episode of Nike Sportswear and The FADER’s Pitch Perfect documentary, the staff catch up with them, and a few dozen of their neighbors, at home for an impromptu concert by local metal band Reebirth.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_vhq3b68D8[/youtube]

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Pitch Perfect, Episode 5: Youth Day and workshops in Soweto

Jul9

On June 16th, Nike Sportswear and The FADER celebrated Youth Day in Soweto with a rooftop concert culminating a day of arts workshops for local kids at the Football Training Centre Soweto. The workshops focused on DJing, screenprinting and video production, along with a screening in the centre’s clinic of the HBO’s The Lazarus Effect, a stirring document of the fight against AIDS in Africa.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u67tK5oFA-8[/youtube]

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Pitch Perfect, Episode 4: Football Centre Soweto tour

Jul8

In this episode of Nike Sportswear and the FADER’s Pitch Perfect, the staff take a tour of the Football Training Centre Soweto with Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Mandla Masango. Masango, known as “Mzimba Shaker” (or “Body Shaker”), walks them through the facility, pointing out its many outstanding features, including an HIV awareness and free testing clinic. FTC Soweto is also a participant in the (NIKE)RED Lace Up Save Lives campaign, which raises awareness and funds to end AIDS in Africa.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R_oTyYlLTc[/youtube]

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Pitch Perfect, Episode 3: Rustenburg is Lekker

Jul4

The Pitch Perfect squad road tripped north from Jo’burg to Rustenburg to see how the quiet mining town would handle the onslaught of American and English football fans, and they ended up in a little pub called Castle’s Corner. Inside they found a handful of kitted visitors, but the crowd was overwhelmingly local and there to watch rugby, not soccer. But as you’ll see, the old boys were more than happy to host their new sport-loving friends.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0FnaNsiA48[/youtube]
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Pitch Perfect, Episode 2: Dirty Paraffin light up Jo’burg

Jun28

For episode two of Pitch Perfect documentary series, the FADER staff visit with Dirty Paraffin of Johannesburg. The duo of okmalumkoolkat and DJ Spizee, originally from Durban, bring the sounds of many childhood days spent listening to Zulu radio station Ukhozi FM into their genre-defying music. They give a short history of SA dance pop and perform at the Pitch Perfect kickoff party in Jo’burg.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5hvSTsYTGk[/youtube]

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Pitch Perfect, Episode 1: Welcome to South Africa

Jun18

Nike and the US magazine FADER present the first episode of their documentary series covering the music, art and culture of South Africa in 2010. It’s an introduction to the South Africa the FADER editorial staff just met, as seen and felt during their first few days in the country’s largest metropolis.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYrSn3pL8Ws[/youtube]

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