Freshlyground on the rebound

05 June 2015 - 08:47 By Leonie Wagner

There are few things more South African than braais and hungry-looking township dogs. So when Afropop band Freshlyground released the video to their single Don't Leave Me, featuring both the above, it was an instant hit.The Cape Town group that brought fans Doo Be Doo is getting feet tapping again after nearly three years.The video of their latest song captures, in documentary style, ordinary people doing everyday things.Children ride bicycles, boys wash cars, women attend a church service and street dancers entertain in the video.It takes several viewings to grasp the link between the video and the lyrics of the song.Though Don't Leave Me is open to interpretation and can refer to a woman pleading with her lover not to go, the video depicts everything from horses to sheep to street dancing.The band's violinist and backing singer, Kyla-Rose Smith, said that everyone interviewed for the video listened to the song and was then asked what it meant."'Don't leave me' can mean many things. In South Africa at the moment we're at a decision point, we're either pulling together or pulling apart."What we realised was that people are dying to have someone listen to them; people want to be heard," she said.Lead singer Zolani Mahola said: "It's about an insecurity about the connections between [South Africans] and losing those connections."The video had more than 14,000 clicks in 24 hours on the band's Facebook page and they had received only positive feedback, Muhoni said.There is a political feel to the video, made mainly in the Western Cape. Though there are no poo protesters, it's an arty take on how some people feel politically isolated, and beg leaders: "Don't leave me".Smith also described the video as the band's attempt to "capture a side of South Africa" and the diversity of the country.The band will embark on a three-month campaign during which they will release 10 mini-documentaries of the stories they captured while shooting the video.The release of the video comes after the band performed live at several festivals over the past three years.Later this month they will tour the US...

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