Dancing for Money
by MJ Lourens
Afrikaans with English subtitles
Running time: 40 minutes
The documentary; Dancing for Money follows the successful Cape Town based Wedding DJ’s duo of Charles Miller aka Chopper Charley and Donald Swanepoel as Super Deluxe 3000.
The film documents their rise from playing 80’s music for friends at small intimate venues, to them being asked to play as opening act for Roxette on their 2011 South African tour, all along creating a following with fans growing with each new performance.
This documentary has been filmed over a period of 12 years and delves a bit deeper in the phenomenon and birth of the “Zef” sub-culture in South Africa. There are insights in various interviews from the comedian Hannes Brummer to Gazelle and die hard fans.
Some of the first performance footage of Die Antwoord and Jack Parow highlights the Wedding DJ’s colourful and entertaining shows.
Dancing for Money is a musical journey into the psyche of a generation of mostly Afrikaans speaking peoples that is driven by nostalgia and a connection to the familiar music they grew up with.
MJ was intereviewed by Entertainment Africa about the film. Read the full interview.