Little Simz Highlights South African Student Protests in “Gratitude” Video

She’s also announced her 2016 world tour.

December 03, 2015

To shoot the latest video from her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons, U.K. hip-hop artist Little Simz traveled to Cape Town, South Africa. "Gratitude" is a tune that slides between uplifting and melancholy, featuring English electronic band The Hics, and its video captures a similar mixture of hope and fear. Directed by Jeremy Cole, the clip splices skating and dancing (by social entrepreneurs Jarrel Mathebula and Rayne Moses) with footage by activist and artist Imraan Christian. Christian's footage shows recent #FeesMustFall protests that took place in response to a rise in fees at South African universities, as well as clashes between police and protestors and the use of tear gas.

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Along with the video, Simz has announced a run of international tour dates for 2016. Check those below, watch the video above, and revisit Simz's Gen F here.

Tour dates

17-Jan – Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
18-Jan – Aarhus, Denmark - Atlas
19-Jan – Odense, Denmark - Posten
20-Jan – Berlin, Germany - Yaam
22-Jan – Warsaw, Poland - Milosc
23-Jan – Prague, CZ - Chapeu Rouge
24-Jan – Vienna, Austria - Flex Café
26-Jan – Cologne, Germany - Luxor
29-Jan – Zurich, Switzerland - Exil
30-Jan – Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
2-Feb – Rouen, France - 106
3-Feb – Paris, France - La Maroquinnerie
5-Feb – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg theater
6-Feb – Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
8-Feb – Birmingham, UK - Academy 3
9-Feb – Bristol, UK - Academy 2
10-Feb – Norwich, UK - Waterfront Studio
12-Feb – Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music hall
13-Feb – Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
15-Feb – Glasgow, UK - Garage
16-Feb – London, UK - Islington Academy
17-Feb – Brighton, UK - The Haunt
20-Feb – AucklanD, New Zealand - Splore Festival
23-Feb – Sydney, Australia - GoodGod Small Club
24-Feb – Melbourne, Australia - Howler
25-Feb – Brisbane, Australia - TBC Club
26-Feb – Perth, Australia - Perth Festival

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