South African Kwaai Diva Umlilo Shares The Striking Video For 'Reciprocity'

South African performance artist and producer Umlilo releases new music video for his electronic 'future kwaai' single 'Reciprocity'.


Photo: Fiona Macpherson.

Multitalented South African kwaai diva Umlilo has released a fiery new video for "Reciprocity," the third single from the perfomer-producer's sophomore EP Aluta. On the Cutting Gems-produced 'future kwaai' single, Umlilo tells a thought-provoking, genderless love story. "The song explores an idea of an exchange between two people for mutual benefit and privilege but what happens if the feelings of love are reciprocal in a negative way? The same feelings can cause heartache, bitterness, jealousy and the need for revenge” says Umlilo of the fervent trip-hop influenced single.

The sensual music video presents a dramatic and unconventional tale of love and passion that aims to highlight the ups-and-downs of relationships. Director Odendaal Esterhuyse shared his vision for the music video, "I wanted the video to look at the relationship between lovers as well as the duality of love: When it’s good it's like taking a breath of fresh air, but when it’s bad it feels like you’re suffocating." Watch as Umlilo and his dancers give dynamic performances depicting the endless complexities of love in the visuals for "Reciprocity" below. For more from the artist revisit the previous videos for "Chain Gang" and "Magic Man."

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