TUNE Dope Saint Jude - Go High Go Low
Catherine Saint Jude Pretorious, aka Dope Saint Jude, is a South African-born Londoner, producer, songwriter and rapper who makes high energy hip-hop that’s been described as Little Simz meets MIA.
She’s an articulate advocate for feminism, has lectured on hip hop’s role as a vehicle for social commentary and has been credited with “transforming South African hip-hop by queering a genre that has predominantly been male and heteronormative.”
She has an impressive list of accolades including being chosen by MIA to be part of international retailer H&M’s awareness raising campaign video for World Recycle Week and mentoring 30 aspiring musicians at last year’s Nando’s Music Exchange in London.
Dope Saint Jude's new single ‘Go High Go Low’ is released on Friday 13th March 2020. The video is a great introduction to her work and serves as an intersection of her identities as a queer, black, coloured woman from the Cape Flats, where she grew up. It features Golden Dish, an iconic Cape Town restaurant that served the black and coloured communities during the apartheid years, when POC communities were unable to access white owned restaurants in the CBD, mixed with imagery from her upbringing in a devout Catholic family.
Equally influenced by Tupac and the Riot Grrrl movement, her “bold, honest and authentic" sound brings together elements of UK and US rap with South African rhythms.