To those of you who have been most patient, the video is finally here. Directed by Freddie Hagman and Amanuel Mehari, this afrocentric video of what seems to a dreamy tale of fated lovers celebrates culture, romance history and the avenue at which they collide. The song is from 'The Ring Of Blue Fire' album, and is produced by DixieHype of Berkeley, California, we hope you enjoy.
NB: 'Na Tondi Wa' means 'I love you' in the Duala/Bakweri languages of the Sawa people of Cameroon.
So, after weeks or even months of uncertainty, postponing and the unconventional style hard work, the music video to the song ''celebrate'' which was released on Wednesday, September 25th, almost a year ago was finally put out. Working on this project with director Freddie Hagman(www.fmhagman.com) was certainly a most delightful experience. Shot on an awesomely warm day in the summer, it must have been June, or July , the only plan we had for this shoot was 'improvise'. We were originally going to shoot for ''Mr. Feel Good'' first, but a split second, last minute decision took us another way - which we dont regret, atleast not yet . Calling in the music family from Jönköping , we all met up at Gothenburg's Brunnsparken fountain - yes, the same one in the video, and from there, we took it the Chabe's. Then to the Slottskogen park. Then back to the fountain, meeting so many pleasant characters along the way, it was a typical day in the life of type video, as we did all the things we'd normally do on a warm summer day. The unpredicted randomness of the shoot, and the fiery diversity of the characters was an experience never to forget- and we wont. From the gorgeous Cloud-sized afro haired Mico, to the pretty Hijab-clad Aisha, to punk band members Erik and Fredrik ,among many others who cameoed, shooting the scenes at dreadlocked Isabel's crib was all too pleasant ! Atleast we all had a blast -I know Mehari and Dakey did! And that skateboard mishap about two minutes into the video can totally be explained - I could not handle it, yup, you read right, I couldn not skate to save my life, and that wouldn't be the first the board made me bite some dust. In effect, we tried to tell a simple story, one that anyone could relate to - it doesn't take too much to be happy, and appreciating the seemingly meaningless moments breeds timeless memories. Considering that Mehari, whom I have worked with for almost three years, or more, just moved to South Africa for a long while the day the video was released, and that Dakey who hates participating in anything outside the music studio went of his way, I think we indeed made the best of the moment - immortalized a story too long to tell. Well when it was all done, after 6 or more hours of shooting, we took it home, dropped of the equipment, took it to the Kings Head pub, grabbed a couple drinks and ended at a rave in the middle of some forest - a day of epic Randomness.
Awesome hair day! Erik, Mico, Fredrik (L to R)
Well guys , I will not bore you with much writing, I'll let your screen do the talking! ENJOY!
So here we go, the mixtape just got done - well , it got done a while ago, but my 'team' and I took some time out to shoot a few videos to our favorites, so we can hit you with a double 'music' , 'video' combo!! - you get it? Music Video--? well, bad sense of humor, I guess! So in effect I would like to say a hearty -Amen! to every one who aided on this project, my producers Quik Ivanov D and Dakey, FM, Gbeatz And Canvas Demaret, the talented UK cat who produced -The Free featuring Anna Norlin, which is a personal favorite! My video directors Alex Cleveland and The Amazing Suzan Arslan, A.S.A! whom we named after the amazing spiderman, yes - she's earned the right to be called a bro - and not because she let me sleep with her friends, --well, she wouldn't , not even if I asked nicely....maybe this was uncalled for! a thought to my team mates Mehari, who by a stroke of ill-luck and a hungry producer(dakey) couldn't appear on the mixtape...the word up crew...deli basis, graniit , zing and isyankar!
The videos are done and are coming at you ASAP! so stay posted like flags!
making faces with the Amazing Spider---sorry , Suzan Arslan! Heroine and activist, nah...she spretty evil!
video shoot for - THE FREE with Anna Norlin
video to -- THE MESAGE directed by Alex Cleveland
Team mates...Mehari in the Back and Dakey in the fore ground!
Sad to say my birthday this year falls on Sunday, how sad is that? so , in order to pass that day in harmony, i chose to party on saturday obviously. A the student headquarters of J-town! Råslätt! well , all this is really not your musical business, i just thought i'd put it out there, for anyone who cared! which should be no one, coz if I was in your Shoes, i wouldnt care. Well my post this morning is meant to promote a new video from the guys at WORDUP! Apparently i couldnt get the studio yesterday coz they were working on this, and i don't know about you, but i think it was worth it! i like it. shout out to Graniit,Marino the fire man, Alikay, Isyankar, Mehari, Redhead,-who's verse was fat as a german milk maid!, LBDB ....and the homie Roy....who remotely reminds me of a medieval european religious deity, why? - coz he's always there, never says much, but always there, lurking in the dark, putting paintings on the walls! graffiti!!!
Music is our common language and like numbers , it is spoken by all. We are nothing more than free spirits with a desire to make the World resonate to the frequencies of Mother earth's heartbeat and sway frantically in the glow of the moonlight.