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Woza Taxi - Gqom Secret Stash Out of The Locations

Woza Taxi documentary is collaboration between the italian curation collective Crudo Volta and the record label Gqom Oh!

It has been realised to give a human dimension to the artists of the label, which is made difficult by the obvious geographical distances but also by the limits of a medium like the Internet , which reduces drastically the signifier of a determining factor like the " music scene ."

The mini documentary as well as giving a quick peek at the relationship between an Italian artist and artists of an African scene, tries to contextualise the authenticity of the sound while capturing the energy surrounding Durban and its vivid townships.

In a very entropic scene like the South African house music scene, we have tried to understand how a teenager from Durban could cope in the demanding role of producer and taste-maker. This objective was developed through the narration of the enthusiasm, the fervour, the dedication, the strong sense of identity but also the contradictions, the limits, the technical-divide and many other factors that influence and determine the creative process.

Since Taxi is a curatorial format that observes and investigates music scenes through the device of a Taxi ride we believed that nothing was more appropriate than focusing a good part of our documentary on the well-known Minibus Taxi.

Among the many aspects determining the authenticity of Gqom music, the use of Minibus Taxis as a tool of DIY promotion is certainly a story worth telling. In a music scene strongly influenced by the possibilities offered by the internet, this unexpected detour in the physical world reaffirm a functional coexistence between technology and local culture but also highlights the creativity of less fortunate artists in lack of established structures.

  • Tommaso Cassinis
  • Mike Calandra Achode
  • Mike Calandra Achode
  • GqomOh! artists
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    23 minutes 46 seconds
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    July 24, 2016
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    200 EUR
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    South Africa
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Director - Tommaso Cassinis