Following on from the recent release of the music video for iJusi directed by Gregor Lehrl, we’re going even deeper into the mind of Okmalumkoolkat‘s Smiso Zwane with a music video for the track Allblackblackkat – this time directed by the Johannesburg-based photographer and filmmaker Chris Saunders.
Playing with memory, reality and generational shifts, the music video is loosely based on a Zulu cleansing ritual (which Okmalumkoolkat experienced growing up) performed on a male family member before funerals. Through the visual direction of Saunders, this traditional ceremony is contrasted with other South African modern sub-cultural influences which have manifested Okmalumkoolkat’s own sound and dance.
Directed by: Chris Saunders
Cinematography by: Adriaan Louw (We-Are-Awesome-Film)
Produced by: Chris Saunders and Daniela Goeller
Edited by: Ross Maxwell
Wardrobe and Art Direction by: Francois Ferreira (Red Hot Ops)
Make-Up by: Liezl Callaghan
Art & Wardrobe Assistant: Yasmin Williams
Make-Up Assistant: Rita Conradie
Pantsula Dancers: Thabang Motaung and Nkosana Mlouzi from Real Actions
Swenka: Vusi Kunene
Witch Doctors: Ngunda Phiri and Nhlakanipho Nhlapho