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'Dear Ribane' Is the Future Of Electronic Performance Art Music Videos

South African producer Okzharp releases the Chris Saunders-directed music video for "Dear Ribane" featuring SA creative Manthe Ribane.


Okzharp is the production moniker of London-based, South African artist Gervase Gordon.  The producer is set to release his gqom-inspired EP Dumela 113 in just a few days. In anticipation of the EP, Okzharp is sharing the music video for its lead single "Dear Ribane," which features fellow South African creative Manthe Ribane. The producer shared the story of how their artistic collaboration came to be with Thump recently:

"Manthe and I were first introduced by the rapper Okmalumkoolkat in Joburg a few years ago... Chris Saunders who directed the video and I were starting to put together our film Ghost Diamond and she (Manthe) was going to be the lead actress/performer. She is quite well known in SA as a dancer, creative, stylist and artist in her own right. I was struck instantly by her imagination and humility and discipline and her unique and amazing way of expressing herself. We were shooting the film for the entire weekend so by the time we got to Sunday night we were pretty dead, so when everyone went out to party we stayed behind in this cavernous ex-marshmallow factory in Maboneng that Chris was using as his photo studio."

"Dear Ribane" is a bouncy, minimalist tune and its accompanying music video can be described in a similar way. Throughout the visuals, Manthe Ribane is seen energetically moving along to the song's beat, her face marked with black paint as she dances punctually against a simple white backdrop. As the music video's director Chris Saunders puts it, "The video takes you into a full performance realm." Ribane and Saunders had previously worked together in the fashion-meets-photography experiment NOT x Chris Saunders. Okzharp's Dumela 113 EP drops this Thursday October 10 via Hyperdub. Peep the stunning visuals for "Dear Ribane" below.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

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