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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Transnational Rasta Bass

Mr. Maga Bo recently released his third video clip for the record, "Archipelagoes." Teba's a wicked MC, with his gruff delivery, and socially conscious lyrics. FCK always gets plays for me. He doesn't disappoint on this one. Can you say the Xhosa chorus? Practice with the kids at the end of this video, it's fun! Kids are fun.

Some interesting things about the video from Maga Bo:

The video was shot over 2 days in Guguletu, one of Cape Town's most notorious townships and Teba's home turf - with all borrowed equipment - borrowed camera, boom box, the car on loan, people leting us into their houses to film. Back in the day, Teba was a member of the super successful kwaito group Skeem, which put out several albums before he left to do more socially conscious work. He now leads workshops in lyric writing and gumboot dancing (!), is part of the African Dope Sound System, has his own live band and has collaborated with the likes of Stereotyp, Godessa and SiBot.

You can check the other videos from Archipelagoes "Fire feat. Xuman" and "Saye Mbott feat. ALIF with Ndiaya" on Vimeo and on his great Youtube page that includes his interview series, which is a definite Global Bass primer.

1 comment:

Ella said...

Yes! loving Teba, track with Sibot has been endlessly on my CD player. Sick!