"Moedersmelk" Song composed and performed by 'Kaleidoskoop.' Music Video by Pierre F. Lombard
Many young (white) South Africans find themselves leaving the country after school or after university for a time, or forever. This song explores the longing back to one's hometown and in this case more specifically, Stellenbosch, South Africa... the beautiful and quaint student town in the heart of the wine district.
The song also speaks of hope. Hope for the country and for all its people. It incorporates the voices and sounds of a colored Brass Band. At first, when I conceptualized the video with friends, I wanted the Kaleidoskoop band to perform among the laborers on a wine farm, where so many of the colored people find themselves at present, and where a lot of them grew up. But through my business, http://www.cinemuse.co.za, I have developed quite an obsession with the idea of authenticity. I realized that Kaleidoskoop have never performed in such a space, and probably won't do so any time soon. Of course, they have a target audience, so I am only referring to the idea.
What you see now in this video is only the idea of integration between the races. But in actual fact, after almost 30 years, nothing has changed. Segregation is still a reality. If you look closely, the only integration exists only between the brass band and the man who taught them to play music when they were younger.
Toward the end when everyone is dancing, it is not one instance of the same thing... it is two parallel times... some 30 years apart. It creates only the illusion of integration. You will also never see the older colored band and the audience in one shot... they are always separate and even the Kaleidoskoop band members are in the dark.
At the end of the video, the second last shot, you have a colored man looking at the camera, asking, "What's up? What's up?" That is followed by his own son, looking into the camera... and still looking. "Do you see?" he asks. Do you see?
His father maybe asks... what will happen to my son 30 years from now? Will he still live on this farm? Will everything still be the same?
For me, these are very important questions for South Africans. If we believe in the equality of every human being, we should strive to make it happen. It won't come natural, as we will experience friction and conflict and we will be uncomfortable at times. But what about the next generation?
Kaleidoskoop Band Members: Jouba Jordaan (Song Writer) & Anique Jordaan (Vocals)
Chauffeur: Philip Swiegers
The younger version of the chauffeur: Don Campbell
Brass Band: Royal Coronation
Younger version of the Brass Band: Vernon, Ishaan, Victor...
Young Man at gig: Gregory Kriek,
Young Woman at gig: Sharleen
Directed, Filmed and Edited by Pierre F Lombard
1st AD: Gregory Kriek
Production Assistant: Odwa Nomavuka (Mr. O.)
Time Lapse Photographer: Hein Schlebush (Resolution Imagery)
Grade: Liani Van Straten
A special thanks to John for his beautiful Alfa!
Canon 5D Mark II from Sunshine Digital
Lens: 25-70mm Canon Zoom Lens from Sunshine Digital,
Lens: 14mm lens from Photohire
ABC Car Rig & Ladder Dolly from Visual Impact Magus
Apple Mac & Final Cut Pro from Cinemuse
Locations: Nerina Girls Residence (US), Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Station, Groenland Wine Farm, MFM Studio