feature + video premiere: cape town rapper/activist dope saint jude’s clever word play – ‘brown baas’

September 18, 2015

Today, we have our eyes glued to the latest video by Dope Saint Jude, a rapper from Cape Town who first got tongues wagging with her catchy gender-bending, slang-slaying track, Keep In Touch ft. Angel-Ho.

By Sindi-Leigh McBride, AFROPUNK Contributor


Photo credit – Jabulile Newman 


An activist and aspirant academic, Saint Jude (real name Catherine) injects her lyrics with catchy, clever wordplay that both parodies and parades positions of power. Her breakout video explored self-love, queer identity, and sartorial pride and she has  been making waves in South Africa not only on the queer scene but also on platforms such as Between 10 and 5’s Creative Women’s Conference where she spoke about challenges faced by artists navigating the often serpentine creative world..


Photo credit – Jody Brand


Her latest video offering, directed by actress and filmmaker Kyla Phil, is no less quirky, but way more serious as she delves into the race and class tensions of a country still ravaged by inequality and discrimination. Watch out for her eclectic styles as she continues to challenge prevailing power structures, from patriarchy to social stratification.




Photo credit  Jabulile Newman