This picture is part of my self-initiated
project SA Youth ID – Kwaito Culture, a personal
and reflective body of work about the changes in the
lives of South Africans in the new democratic country.
The word Kwaito is derived from the Afrikaans kwaai
– ‘angry’. In colloquial slang, negative
words or phrases often acquire a positive connotation
or ‘cool’ status. The language of Kwaito
is Isicamtho, South African township slang.
working on the project it became clear to me that the
youth of South Africa refuse to be condemned by the
politics of the past (apartheid) but choose to find
their own identity. They have been developing one which
is truly and proudly South African – Kwaito culture.
It’s about peace, love and unity; about being
yourself and loving yourself enough to be YOU.