Pantsula Dancers Form a Black-Tie Orchestra in a New Music Video for Sons of Kemet

 

Shot in Tembisa, the new music video for award-winning UK jazz band Sons of Kemet is a study of contrasts in which the chaotic energy of pantsula converges with the controlled sophistication of an orchestra. The clip was created for the band’s track ‘In The Castle Of My Skin’ and features the Indigenous Dance Academy’s pantsula dancers as a black-tie orchestra, conducted by choreographer Jarrel Mathebula.

The video was directed by Arcade Content’s Lebogang Rasethaba, who says, “Pantsula and jazz aren’t things that people were ever meant to see together; they both have rich histories with very different cultural and aesthetic values. But framing ideas within a different context can give them new life.”

Credits:

Director: Lebogang Rasethaba for Arcade Content / Producer: Allison Swank / DOP: Motheo Moeng / Editor: Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi / Choreographer: Jarrel Mathebula / Styling: Neo Sebete / 2nd camera: Mongezi Bottoman / Camera assistants: Mlungisi Dube and Takatso Mahlungu

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