Lost Prophets

  • Lost Prophets
Genre : Musical
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2007
Format : Feature
Running time : 80 (in minutes)

In 1989, during the final putsch for democracy, the Cape Town hip-hop group Prophets of da City (POC) burst onto the scene with their hard-hitting South Africanised hip-hop. This local retro-doc asks, 'where are they now?' and looks back at the trajectory that catapulted a tight, clean crew to stardom, only to let them fall into relative and separate obscurity. To a hoppin' soundtrack, Ready D, Jazmo, Ramone, Gogga, Ismael and manager Lance Stehr, discuss the personal impact the band had 'back in the day', as do Zola, Mr Fat and DJ Azhul. They reminisce on the importance of rapping for democracy, the prophetic nature of politicised lyrics, the impact of being banned, break-dancing in Paris and making it big. POC's lyrics are still relevant and this film demands that they get a second airing.


WORLD PREMIÈRE: 9th edition of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival | Johannesburg, 13 - 22 July 2007 | Cape Town, 20 July - 5 August 2007 |
> Selection (Category: South Africa)


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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