Music stars in PMB to film video

2009-03-06 00:00

You’re lounging around, engrossed in Playstation 3’s Fifa Soccer 09 when, suddenly, the lead singer of girl band Jamali, Jacqui Carpede, jumps out from behind the sofa. You stare in awe and pinch yourself to see if it’s real.

Of course it’s not! But it is the storyline for Cisa tha Journalist’s latest video, which he’s been shooting in the City of Choice for the past three days.

The former pilot invited Weekend Witness on to the set of Here I Am, the first single of his third album.

“The song is about being at a place where all you want is the one person you love, or want, or dream and fantasise about. All you want is for them to see you, to recognise that you’re here,” said the Port Elizabeth-based rapper.

“Jacqui Carpede [from Jamali], who also features on the song, plays my love interest. She’s always around and I sense her, but can’t see her.”

His album, which is scheduled to hit the shelves in May, will be the biggest project he’s worked on.

“My previous two albums did very well in the Eastern Cape, so I’m going national this time,” he said.

Carpede, who appeared in the January edition of men’s magazine FHM, said she was blown away by the track. “It was different from the music I usually make. But that’s a good thing. That’s what we need — something fresh.”

This visit to the city was also a first for the songstress — so too was its easygoing nature.

“[Pietermaritzburg’s] certainly different coming from all the madness in Jo’burg … Even with the video. This would have been done in one day up there,” she laughed.

The 26-year-old singer said she’d like to come back and perform with Jamali, who have just released their third album, 3rd Base.

Pietermaritzburg-based director Ian Joubert said editing the video should take about a month to complete.

Although he will not be performing in Pietermaritzburg this weekend, Cisa said as soon as his album drops, he’ll be back.

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