Saint Dude and Bros B4 Hos

Saint Dude, a character created by Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius used to parody and explore misogyny in hip hop.

Saint Dude, a character created by Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius used to parody and explore misogyny in hip hop.

 

Saint Dude is character I conceptualized in late 2010, primarily a drag king act aimed at creating a dialogue around misogyny in mainstream music, particularly mainstream hip hop. Saint Dude served as a means for me to explore gender identity, gender as performance and the dichotomy between sexuality and gender.

 

Bros B4 Hos, South Africa's first Drag King Troupe, started by Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius

Bros B4 Hos, South Africa’s first Drag King Troupe, started by Catherine Saint Jude Pretorius

 

In 2011 I put out a call and started what would become South Africa’s first drag king troupe,  Bros B4 Hos.  The group consisted of Umlilo John, Corey Lingus, Freddie, Frankie Hard-on and Cole Steele Johnson. We performed in Cape Town at various events and venues. In 2012 a film maker by the name of Samantha Lea directed a film documenting the creation, performances and personal stories of the group. The documentary went on to screen at the Out In Africa Film Festival and received a large amount of international attention.

You can watch the documentary at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjFIQvzhwXA

I have since retired St Dude but Bros B4 Hos continues to thrive.

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