Sons Of Kemet are born of many vital elements – including a name that nods to ancient Egyptian culture, and a line-up that comprises some of the most progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz and beyond.
For their upbeat track In The Castle Of My Skin they added another element by teaming up with South Africa’s Indigenous Dance Academy to create stunning visuals of black bowtie-clad mapantsula group dancing up a dust storm to a melancholy sunset over Tembisa, Johannesburg.
It’s a complementary fusion of ideas, considering the pantsula dance’s beginnings as a response to the forced removals implemented by the country’s Apartheid government and jazz music’s inherently defiant nature.
Watch the electrifying video below by the world-class talents of director, Lebogang Rasethaba, cinematographer, Motheo Moeng and editor Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi. Conducted by choreographer Jarrel Mathebula.