“Luis, give me some RnB man ! What does it sound like today ?” Luis is doing a great job hiding himself behind the camera, but there is one fact about himself that he can’t hide any more : like so many teenage girls over the world, he listens to RnB. For an austrian music producer believing in Rhythm & Blues as a forever Rolling Stone, this is as disturbing as not having a compass on your carpet when lost in the bush for your Ramadan 5 o’clock pray.
At first, the main problem in Sosiki High School is the distance to the closest health centre of Bohlabela. So the brave nurse travels and talks to the kids and, with the help of Education Department coordinators, something is going on. The kids are RADS, young and smart and well educated. But as our Investigation showed earlier, many of their colleagues seem to be older and sexually active. So how will they manage to send a strong message to their older mates ? As always, the answer comes from the kids themselves : ‘We need a CLASSIC RnB !’
‘Loko uri nhonyana, pfala milenge. Loko uri mpfana, zipha buruku’. Something about closing legs and zipping pants… The song is powerful and relays the dominant message of abstinence in schools. But again and like in Marapyane, the kids wrote and sung a line about ‘protecting yourself’, and this is pretty realistic considering the situation. Sokisi Workshop was a great success especially in the last event, with the participation of the parents. It was also the last one of our 2011 POSITIVO campaign in South Africa. We must thank VSO and the United States Embassy in South Africa. We must thank the Education Department of Mpumalanga, who are focusing now on preparing our last secret event in December… shh… More news later.
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