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2011′s Music Video Picks 0

Dec28

Inexplicably absent in this year’s fashionable blogs’ and magazines’ year-end lists are videos by African artists, or those videos recorded somewhere in Africa. I’ve picked ten which I think stood out. South Africans Pieter Hugo and Michael Cleary directed and shot the video for Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Control’ in Langa, Cape Town. We took issue with aspects of it when it came out in February, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t striking:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKfwSFI8LhQ[/youtube]

Directed by Juliet Rios and Gabe Imlay, and choreographed by “Fela!” on Broadway assistant choreographer Maija Garcia, the video for Seun Kuti’s ‘Rise’ comes close to capturing his live performances. It was released in April:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hADxHPEekqg[/youtube]

Blitz The Ambassador calls his album Native Sun “a journey backwards, back through hip hop, the Caribbean soundsystem culture that preceded it, back to its African roots, with the final kora.” This historical journey and the return to his land of birth, Ghana, are reflected in the stream of archive material used when Blitz threw the full album on YouTube, also in April:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG4c2Xh5FuE[/youtube]

In May, Buraka Som Sistema released the video for their kuduro-infused ‘Hangover (BaBaBa)’. Directed by João Pedro Moreira and Carlos Afonso, the video uses images from the Portuguese band’s performance at the Festival Baía das Gatas in São Vicente, one of Cape Verde’s islands:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOMe-8Tf1Y0[/youtube]

When Tumi shared his POWA mixtape in June, it came with a video directed by Teboho Mahlatsi. The school girls who go on a violent Clockwork Orange-like rampage are as angry as Tumi’s lyrics, with the end of the video leaving the viewer confused:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMdM03miCgo[/youtube]

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