alxndr london honors the ancestors in ‘talking drum’ clip
August 12, 2019
AFROPUNK Brooklyn performer takes the concept of Sankofa into the spirit world and beyond in his new Almass Badat-directed short film for his song “Talking Drum” from his upcoming IV Merin project.
London describes the mixtape “an anthology of prayers” and the song’s title is a reference to the musical instrument’s use as a communication device in some traditional African societies and in the Diaspora. The video makes the concept even more vivid with London and the featured actors embodying ancestors, deities and a mythical African ronin. Exquisite make-up and wardrobe by MUA Giselle Alie by stylist Troy Oraine combined with excellent cinematography from DP Toby Lloyd and rich colors from colorist Mark Liberty combine to create a visual that feels both futuristic and dreamy.
London, a Londoner of Nigerian descent invokes deity Oludumare to tell the story of reconnection to one’s source, a metaphor for diasporic reconnection to the Motherland.“’Talking Drum’ is an ode to diaspora; a rallying cry, he tells AFROPUNK. “I want us to remember who we are and to honour the sacrifices of our ancestors.”
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