“Shooting the Ode to You video was something very cool and special to me. It was amazing to meet all these working class hero’s. I have a next-level respect for them. It really took me back to all the k*k jobs I had to do to get where I am today. I have renewed appreciation for the fact that I can do what I love every day.” -Jack Parow
The song and music video for Ode to You, featuring Nonku, is their tribute to the working class hero’s. Before Jack Parow became South Africa’s Afrikaans rap super star, he packed fish, was a mechanic and allocated graves to support his rap habit.
Parow and Nonku decided to meet up with various people and try out their jobs; to experience what their day to day life, especially work, is all about. This documentary-style music video sees Parow returning to his roots by sweeping streets, mowing lawns, washing cars, painting houses, laying bricks, working in a factory, packing fish and more.
Ode to You will be released on 18th August. Various behind-the-scenes segments are being released as a build-up to the video’s premiere.
Watch Part 1 here
and Part 2 here
Ode to You is filmed, directed and edited by Paul Ward. He is also responsible for Parow’s hit music video, P.A.R.T.Y.
From Ode to You:
“this is an ode to you, hate your job but the house needs food
you wanna quit, you wanna kill but the rent is due
push on through ,hold on tight, fight the fight
there’s a hand on your throat and it’ s holding tight
9 to 5, jy try, jy druk, jy hou styf vas
but you work for a boss and you hate his guts
jy voel stuck, maar onthou, ek’s hier vir jou
whether jy numbers punch of jy huise bou
yster klou, days too long, nights too short
you just went to sleep, then you’re back at work
if you’re up at night or you’re up at dawn
whether you’re sweeping streets or you’re mowing lawns
whether jy meetings het of jy parties hou
whether jy suits aantrek of jy klere vou
whether your washing cars or washing clothes
this is an ode to all the working class hero’s.”