I was walking thinking about my project while smoking a cigarette. Three young guys passed by, one of them stopped and asked for a cigarette. I gave him one cigarette and asked where can I find young people, born frees, in Braamfontein.
He said, “Do I look young to you?”
I replied,”Yes, You look twenty, so that makes you a born free.”
He then said, “Yeah, I’m twenty but I’m not young.”
We laughed and I asked where they were going. They said if I want to know I must follow them and I did. We went to a local pub in Braamfontein before lunchtime. I was confused to why they would hang out there during normal school time.”No bra, there is no school today.” I remembered that it was National Heritage Day.
They started rolling weed, drinking alcohol and playing music. A group of girls came and chilled with them and it got full in no time. Everyone knew each other, except me. Most of them were students studying art and some were already established artists and they use mediums like fashion, photography and music to express themselves about the current issues they are facing.
I have always wanted to experience what I would call the 1980′s retrospective style in the contemporary South Africa. I use to read about Rock n Roll, African Jazz and politicians of that era. Alcohol, weed, music and politics was what got them together to discuss and find solutions for the issues they faced in that era. Seeing the new generation in Braamfontein acting the same way as the generation of 1980′s in South Africa gave me hope for this country and yet knowing that time have changed accentuated that they want to heal the scars of apartheid.
It was my first time experiencing that kind of a crowd and I truly enjoyed seeing them engaging in conversations about the current issues South Africa is facing.
I left them talking to myself, “A luta continua.”