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This South African Band Hacked A Video Game For Their New Visuals

South African band Motèl Mari share the video game visuals for "Ambition Block" off their debut album 'Eternal Peasant.'

Motèl Mari. Photo via Facebook.


BLK JKS members Mpumi Mcata, Tshepang Ramoba and Brooklyn-born collaborator João Orecchia explore punk-inspired guitar soundscapes and scattering experimental beat work as Motèl Mari.

The South African-based band, who describe their sound as Pop Psychadelique Africaine, are now sharing their new video game-inspired visuals for “Ambition Block” from their debut album Eternal Peasant. It warps and distorts the classic Atari game Centipede, hacking its graphics and adding in silhouettes of dancers swaying to the tune.

Motèl Mari sent the following text to accompany the video:

Down the endless twisting corridors of the Motèl / secret rooms open onto heavens hells and purgatories / get stuck into tumbling worlds of the past and future / our peasant ancestors pushing us forward and calling us back / so much to discover in a world of Eternal Peasantry / jump into the game / jump into the television / Block your Ambition for a minute, kid / there’s a whole universe out there.

Watch the video for “Ambition Block” below, Eternal Peasant is out now on Other Electricities.

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