Back in 1993, the Digable Planets, a Grammy award-winning American alternative hip hop trio, got us bobbing our heads to cool lyrics with funky jazz grooves, infused with hip hop beats.
The trio, who consisted of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Viera and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving, parted soon after the release of theirsecond album in 1994, citing creative differences.
Darrin Kenneth O’Brien (born October 30, 1969) better known as Snow was a Canadian reggae (rapper) musician, who became popular with his 1992 single called “Informer” which remained number 1 on the American Billboard charts for seven consecutive weeks.
Benny is such a cool oke, down to earth and easy to chat to. I asked him if he were an amateur cook, would he consider entering the Masterchef SA reality show, and he quickly replied “NO!” He said that he was not as brave as the past two series contestants. It is a very stressful cooking experience.
Thirteen years ago, my friend Zulfah Otto-Sallies and I, were invited by Dermod Judge to co-write a short movie called Stompie and the Red Tide that was produced by M-Net Magic Works. Dermod developed the story, which was about two “bergies” (homeless people) from the Cape West coast, who are disillusioned about the changes in the new South Africa.
As Dermod was from Ireland, he was struggling to write the dialogue for this story, so he invited Zulfa and I to help him. We wrote all the dialogue in Cape Afrikaans slang and the movie was released with English subtitles.
It was a cool experience writing these words down on paper and later seeing it played out on the sliver screen. I was also invited on to the set when they were filming. I mistakenly pissed off the director and script supervisor when I saw some of the dialogue not really working in the way that we wrote it. I tried changing it with the actor, who played Stompie, without going through the right protocol. Overall, I am still completely chuffed that I got to experience this and I hope you enjoy watching it.
I love this song, as every word in each verse and chorus is packed with so much emotion. When I listened to this song repeatedly, I must admit that I did not see the music video looking so dark. I guess the romantic side of me saw a more heroic love story unfolding where the hero comes to save the damsel in distress, but the song is still lovely to listen to.
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