Wednesday, 27 August 2014


The Okmalumkoolkat - All Black, Black Kat music video is a rerendering of South African cultural realities through the music of Smiso Zwane and visual direction of Chris Saunders. We enter a night ritual scene at an indoor swimming pool, the ritual based loosely on a Zulu cleansing ceremony, which is performed before a funeral to a male member of the family (A situation Smiso experienced as a child). We juxtapose this situation with the inclusion of South African modern sub-cultural influences experienced by the artist; these influences have manifested his modern sound and dance.

Okmalumkoolkat – ABBK Credits
Directed by Chris Saunders
Cinemtography by Adriaan Louw (We-Are-Awesome-Film)
Produced by Chris Saunders & Daniela Goeller
Edited by Ross Maxwell
Wardrobe and Art Direction by Francois Ferreira (Red Hot Ops)
Make-Up by Liezl Callaghan
Art & Wardrobe Assistant Yasmin Williams
Make-Up Assistant Rita Conradie
Pantsula Dancers Thabang Motaung and Nkosana Mlouzi from Real
Swenka Vusi Kunene
Witch Doctors Ngunda Phiri & Nhlakanipho Nhlapho

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Over the past couple of weeks leading up to the NOT X CS exhibition in New York cities Wallplay gallery Another Africa have been posting a story a week on the collaborators involved in the project. This week they have introduced well known Sowetan street wear design Floyd Manotana AKA Floyd Avenue, I have documented him many times before this as he is one of the founding members of The Smarteez collective. 
Below is exert from the Another Africa article: 
'  Behind the veneer of fashion, well the business of it, we sometimes see the creative impetus. After all in a world saturated by clothes, what makes a designer pick up their sketch book?
For many a creator, an anthropological introspection is part of their habit and routine, though they’d hardly refer to is as such. They are likely to describe it as observing or seeing; it could be a small gesture, or a certain attitude they’ll say. However big or small, these details that often go unnoticed, are the very things that become the inspiration to create. And so fashioning fashion sometimes becomes a catalyst for the making of a new rhythm and self-imagining. ' See more on Floyd at
CT 2014