Last month, I came across a music video that Total Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
called, "one of the best music videos I've seen in a long time": a live performance by iFani EWE
in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Soweto.
Having just seen a South African dance documentary called The African Cypher
, this assertion of "best" did not hold true for me; awesome dance is threaded throughout the country's musical and social culture of SA. This reminder did, however, lead me to dig deep into South African music videos to hunt for visual and sonic gems -- the best of which I have shared in this post. (No Die Antwoord on the basis on their being well-known by all.)
Mafikizolo ft. Uhuru - "Khona"
I recently stumbled across this website called OkayAfrica
, and it is definitely one of my favorite new internet finds. Of their recurring posts are summaries of notable African fashion designers to watch out for
, and the fashion in this music video for "Khona" reminds me of these top designers in some ways. Geometric shapes and bright colors abound, abound, abound, in eye-catching ways galore. Glittered male dancers dive and swoop around a strong female lioness and a hypnotic rhythm, pushing "Khona" hard as a visual highlight and a repeat listen.
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