Okzharp (aka Gervase Gordon) has released a new track, ‘Dear Ribane’, and a music video along with it. Featuring the debut vocal performance of artist Manthe Ribane (and named after the Dear Ribane collective she’s part of with her siblings) the song is an exploration of the burgeoning Gqom scene. It comes off Okzharp’s upcoming EP Dumela 113, which will be released via London based record label Hyperdub Records on 10 October.
Shot in a marshmellow factory turned studio in Maboneng, the video stars a self-styled Manthe whose expressive moves merge pantsula, contemporary and Afro-fusion dance styles. It opens as she smears black paint on her face while singing beautifully in her native Sepedi about a pretty girl whose looks are admired by all. In an interview with Thump, Okzharp explained that when he met Manthe, he was “struck instantly by her imagination and humility and discipline and her unique and amazing way of expressing herself.”
The music video was directed by South African photographer and filmmaker Chris Saunders and forms an extension of the ongoing collaboration between himself, Manthe and Okzharp on the film Ghost Diamond.
Producer and director: Chris Saunders / Director of photography and editor: Deon Van Zyl / Styling, choreography and perfomance: Manthe Ribane