The residents of Mamelodi West and its surrounds gathered at the Solomon Mahlangu square towards the end of May for a screening of Red Bull Amaphiko’s ‘The Rise of Us’ documentary. It’s presented by the heftily influential emcee, Khuli Chana – a breaker of many records and maker of even more hits.
Khuli, in his avant-garde rapper, dapper gentleman outfits, navigates through four social entrepreneurs’ lives in the film. He learns about the different aspects of their operations in the process. From the principles that inform their daily business dealings to the hard, harsh lessons they’ve had to learn from in order to keep moving.
By the end of it all, as a cool and reflective Khuli speaks to the camera about his take-away(s) from the experience, a nagging feeling, triggered by something he speaks to at the beginning of the film, keeps recurring: Could it be that Khuli’s leaving this rap shit for greener pastures?
- Image: Khuli Chana kickin’ it at Maftown Heights, ’15