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This South African Pantsula Dance Clip Is The Best Jazz Video All Year

South African pantsula dancers form a symphony in British jazz band Sons Of Kemet's stunning music video directed by Lebogang Rasethaba.


Afrofuturistic British jazz group Sons Of Kemet recently enlisted South African filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba to direct the snazziest dance visuals we've seen all year for the track "In The Castle of My Skin" (which takes its name from Barbadian author George Lamming’s 1953 novel about post-colonial identity).

Shot in the Johannesburg township of Tembisa, the clip adds a philharmonic spin to South Africa's pantsula dance video phenomenon– of which Basement Jaxx, Skrillex, and Friend Within have all caught on in recent years (Beyoncé's 2011 "Run The World (Girls)" video features a variation of the dance).

Set to Sons Of Kemet's frenetic jazz tune, the video sees a group of black-tied pantsula dancers from the Indigenous Dance Academy form a symphony conducted by choreographer and IDA co-founder Jarrel Mathebula. As explained in a press release, the video is a study in contrasts that combines the chaotic energy of pantsula with the controlled sophistication of an orchestra. “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,” says Rasethaba. “But framing ideas within a different context can give them new life,” adds the Future Sound of Mzansi director.

"In The Castle Of My Skin" features on Sons Of Kemet's new album Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do, out last week on Naim Jazz. Watch the band's pantsula orchestra video for the track below.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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