Afro Bolero official music video on FIP

Directed by HUMAN and Workout brothers, two young crews of dancers and choreographers making waves from Montreuil, on the outskirts of Paris. Gathering 3 identities, dressed up and body-painted referring to many African traditions and Dada, crossroads of modernity and traditions. A fun and a smart ode to unity via dance moves (including pantsula dance, one of the many modern forms of dances emerging from the forever burgeoning South African township culture)

The eclectic french national radio broadcast FIP shares the premiere of this music video with its introduction, see below, watch, listen, dance and enjoy!

Read the full article on FIP here

Watch the music video below


Directed by HUMAN (Instagram @_____H_U_M_A_N_____ ) –

DOP & Editing: Workout brothers –

Dancers: Brice Ntamag / Dedson Killah / Cam Lacroix –

Streetart by Espion : Les Mains de la paix – Model: Aurélie Giboire – Assistant: Arthur Balatier Afro Bolero : In the beginning was the rhythm. I must admit that initially, I had no intention of being inspired by Ravel’s Bolero more than by its rhythmic figure, these famous two measures of ostinatos repeated 169 times on snare drum. As often, I like to confront a secular rhythm with electronic music 2.0 in order to blur the dance floors. When Mo Laudi, a Paris-based South African DJ, joined me in the studio, he delivered a great rap full of positive energy and geopolitical rhymes, from Patrice Lumumba to Biko and from Congo to São Paolo. Then Queen Angelique Kidjo, like a divine diva, fervently sang her hymn “Lonlon” in the Mina language, where the Afro literally meets the Bolero. We will not forget the fine team that allowed me to cook up this sacred cocktail: Flamme Kapaya, outstanding Congolese guitarist, the Parisian DJ-beatmaker Lazy Flow and the late Hilaire Penda, Cameroonian bass player and an active member of the Parisian african musical scene, who unfortunately left us since. Benin, South Africa, Congo and Cameroon meet in Paname, the capital of World Sounds, but the musical adventure did not stop there. The remixes take us straight to London with Poté, to Berlin with Daniel Haaksman and to Johannesburg with the super-group Batuk formed by the godfather of the African electro Spoek Mathambo, the kwaito maestro Aero Manyelo, and the Mozambican singer Manteiga. At a time when travel is prohibited or not recommended, let’s be grateful, for music does not need certificates or passports and knows no borders. Philippe Cohen Solal

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