Okayafrica Video: Sons Of Kemet - “In The Castle Of My Skin”
Afrofuturistic British group Sons Of Kemet recently teamed with South African filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba to drop the official video for “In The Castle of My Skin.” The clip for the track was shot in Johannesburg and follows the release of their Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do LP, which arrived in late September. The science behind the choreography, styling and sound of the piece is broken down by Okayafrica:
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.