Why are we doing an article about a UK Jazz band? Well, the award winning UK Jazz Band Sons of Kemet had decided to work with South African born Mandarin speaking, Director, Lebogang Rasethaba, who found his African roots in china and who was also responsible for direction of Spoek Mathmbo’s “Future Sound of Mzansi”
This music video “In the Castle of My Skin” was shot in Tembisa Johannesburg and features the Indigenous Dance Academy’s pantsula dancers as a black-tie orchestra, conducted by choreographer Jarrel Mathebula. It’s a study in contrasts: a convergence of 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 Lebo. “But framing ideas within a different context can give them new life.”
The timing of this edit was on point except the editor used cutaways of the same dance sequence, shot in the same location but from different times of the day. It would have been beautiful to see a natural progression of the day throughout the exceptional choreography and performance.
It’s fantastic to see the music come alive, through Pantsula dancers echoing a jazz ochestrae. huge shoutout to our local South African dancers and choreographer!