Yelle – Safari Disco Club / Que Veux-Tu Music Video

With people like Lady Gaga cornying up the music scene with Madonna rip-off tracks — and with everyone else getting more dancey all the time — I’m glad Yelle is back, with a back-to-back double video for “Safari Disco Club” and “Que Veux-Tu.”

To continue with the comparison to Lady Gaga (I can’t help it; I just saw her video for her new song, “Born This Way,” this morning… YOU can see it here), these Yelle videos aren’t going down the path of trite, stereotypically powerful imagery. No black-and-white contrast, mock high-fashion rows of dancing human bodies here. No well-dressed folks masquerading around in Dia De Los Muertos facepaint for no particular reason. No hilarious science fiction narrations which end and are never referenced to again. Boring, boring, boring. And no to prancing around in lingerie, which fits in with none of the aforementioned things.

Yes to Yelle. Yes to wriggling bodies, androgyny, strange faux-safari fashion, and furious stomp-while-clawing dance moves!!!

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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