Right from the start there has been a strong visual aspect to Fantasma, a ‘superband’ fronted by Afro-futurist artist Spoek Mathambo. The producer/singer/rapper recruited diverse members from across South Africa – electronica producer DJ Spoko, traditional Zulu instrumentalist Bhekisenzo Cele and psychedelic rock guitarist Andre Geldenhuys – converging in a sound that’s unlike anything we’ve heard before. We were first introduced to the group in April this year, through a series of photographs by Kent Andreasen. Fantasma’s latest visual offering is a new music video for ‘Eye of the Sun’, the lead song off their debut EP featuring Moonchild.
Directed by Travys Owen with styling by Gabrielle Kannemeyer, the video is a spectacular trip into a world of magical realism. It is set in a harsh Karoo landscape that would otherwise feel very familiar; a place where the clouds move like a hyperlapse and the colours change before our eyes, as we’re presented with a series of strange encounters and sights. What makes these all the more bizarre and interesting is the fact that they’re inspired by the band’s own experiences. “There’s a supernatural element to everyone in the group,” Spoek told Thump. “Everyone’s always trading mad stories. There was this one weird day where we saw a huge snake, a whale and out of nowhere, a huge rainbow. Things feel kind of spooky a lot.”
Fantasma’s ‘Eye of the Sun’ EP is out on Soundway Records.
Director: Travys Owen
Wardrobe and Styling: Gabrielle Kannemeyer
Cinematography: Stan Kaplan and Travys Owen
Editing and post production: Dylan Wrankmore
Additional effects: Sabrina Ratté
Produced by: Sevi Spanoudi at Black Major