BINGE WATCH! Episode 1
Welcome to the first ‘screening’ of BINGE WATCH! a new monthly series curated by yours truly. Here we’ll gather all the freshest videos released each month, so you can catch up with what’s happening in the local creative scene.
In Episode 1 we share 6 music videos, a tour documentary, an inspiring chat and an international film shot locally.
ONE – Umlilo’s ‘Umzabalazo’ Music Video
Odendaal Esterhuyse directed the music video for ‘Umzabalazo‘, a track off of Umlilo’s Aluta EP. It shows how differently two individuals engage with the modern day struggle. The one from behind a screen, the other from within the movement. Watch it, tell your friends and then go play around on kwaaidiva.com, Umlilo’s conceptual and interactive site.
TWO – Petite Noir ‘Just Breathe’ Music Video
Yannick Ilunga aka Petite Noir has just dropped the final video from his debut album Life Is Beautiful/La Vie Est Belle. Shot in South Africa, Madeira, France and Portugal, the video for ‘Just Breathe’ can only be described a visual cross country road trip. The b&w visuals were directed by Modu Sesay and features Petite Noir and his on and off screen leading lady Rharha Nembhard aka Drone Goddess. Petite Noir has said that this piece symbolises the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one.
THREE – Youngsta CPT x Stilo Magolide ‘Sleep Is For The Rich’ Music Video
Local rapper Youngsta has just dropped the music video for a new joint title song ‘Sleep Is For The Rich‘ with Stilo Magolide. Produced by Loopsta / Recorded, mixed and mastered by TruHitz / Edited and animated by Tim Weyer.
FOUR – Native Young ‘Crystal Lion’ Music Video
Native Young just released their debut music video. Directed by Jasyn Howes and shot on location in Jonkershoek, the weighty vid features the band alongside Owami Twala and Nozuko Mapoma. Take note of what these guys are up to.
FIVE – On Tour With Felix Laband
Felix Laband and Kerry Chaloner recently hopped on planes, trains and automobiles, traversing through Europe for a whirlwind tour of summer festivals. And Andrew Aitchison documented the trip. The track on this tour video is titled ‘Righteous Red Berets (Luke Vibert Remix)’ and will be coming off a new EP, Bag of Bones, which dropped this morning. Read more about the tour on superbalist.com.
SIX – Life Lessons From Dope Saint Jude
SEVEN – AKA x Patoranking ‘Special Fi Mi’ Music Video
Presenting another hit banger by Nigerian artist Patoranking and local Hip Hop artist AKA. Titled ‘Special Fi Mi’, meaning ‘Special For Me’, this song is a catchy lyrical celebration of the infatuation in a newly found romance.
EIGHT – Please Forgive Me by Drake
This film, titled Please Forgive Me, is inspired by Drake’s VIEWS album. Directed by American music video heavyweight Anthony Mandler, the 21-minute action film was shot on location in Soweto and Namibia over the course of a single week. It stars Nigerian-born South Africa-based actor Sonni Chidiebere and Fela Kuti’s “Colonial Mentality” makes an appearance too (keep an eye out at 13:18). The afrobeat legend recorded the song for the second side of his 1977 album Sorrow Tears and Blood, whose title track he wrote as a response to the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
It is available exclusively on Apple Music. You can find the full video here.
NINE – Black Vulcanite’s ‘Jupiter’s Love’ Music Video
Futuristic Namibian rap trio Black Vulcanite become the first Black Colonialists in space in the music video for ‘Jupiter’s Love’. This is the first track they recorded for their 22-track album titled Black Colonialists. It’s an ode to the ever-elusive woman of their dreams. Video by The Visual Content Gang.
If you watched any other good videos this month, share them in the comments.
Look out for BINGE WATCH! Episode 2 on Friday 28 October 2016. Submit videos for inclusion here.