Sunday, 22 September 2013 19:53

The Boesman Project

Written by Ryan Swano
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The Boesman Project with Kirk Krotz at its helm, performed live for the first time ever - featuring collaborations with Jimmy Dludlu, Vicky Samson and DJ Ready D on Wednesday 18 September 2013. 
The launch of CEASEFIRE, a Gang Mediation group based in Hanover Park, which took place at the District 6 Museum in Cape Town on Wednesday, was fittingly done in conjunction with  the inaugural performance of The Boesman Project. 
Curator for the District 6 Museum, Joe Schaffers also addressed the media contingent on how gang culture started and how it persists.
Cape Town's newly appointed City Manager Priya Reddy was also in attendance.
 
"Growing up in Mitchell's Plain is no joke. Life in our ghettos is all about the daily struggle of life or death. But despite this, my fondest memories come from living in the Plain. Hence, the song based on my relationship with the Good and the Bad of the Cape Flats", Krotz told William Welfare of Rolling Stone.
 

Kirk Krotz who essentially is the core member and founder of The Boesman Project, is an accomplished songwriter and judging by the reputations of the musicians collaborating with him, The Boesman Project is destined to not only be a one hit wonder.
The amazing video of The Boesman Project's first official single, The Good and The Bad, which focuses on the Cape Flats gang culture, has in its first few days already clocked up well over 90000 views on Youtube. The video which you can view further below, was shot and directed by Kirk Krotz himself.
 
 
 
 

The song written and sung by Krotz features a striking bassline by one of South Africa's most prominent bass players, Jonathan Rubain, who we have mentioned in some of our articles over the past few years when covering major concerts and jazz festivals. 
 
Talking to Nashira Davids of TimesLive Krotz said:"Gangsters are largely unemployed youth. They are kids who left school because they don't think there are any real prospects for them in life. They are given guns to kill and, with no experience, that child will fire 21 bullets blindly. He will hit his target in the leg but what happens to the other 20 bullets?"
"The worst thing you can do is give an adolescent a gun. The reality is that they see people dying every day. They are told that they are not important and that their lives are cheap," he says.
 
Krotz hopes his music will help to end the bloodshed. He has written over 200 songs already, all based on his experiences growing up on the Cape Flats.
 
 

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