2020 in review: the visuals

December 23, 2020

As we all spent more time staring at screens than our eyes were meant to, visuals took on ever deeper meanings. From metal icons Black Pantera to the eminently relatable Teezo Touchdown and the uplifting ENNY, these are the visuals that popped this year.




Black Pantera – CAPÍTULO NEGRO
Continuing their unabated reign as the most essential band in metal, Black Pantera transform their latest EP into a full-on visual assault. (Nathan Leigh)

Yves Tumor – Kerosene!
Romantic, absurd, stressful in a good way. (Syron Townsend)

Tobe Nwigwe
Anything that Tobe and his team touches is pure visual goals. The most consistent artist who delivers striking visuals with purpose. So for this pick, his entire YouTube page deserves the 2020 most memorable visuals. (Thembela Ngayi)

Lesibu Grand – WFS
Sometimes the only thing you can do while the world burns around you is laugh. A joyful list of the many ways that we as a culture fucking suck, Lesibu Grand’s “WFS” is the anthem 2020 deserves. (Nathan Leigh)


Danny Denial – CONDiTiONER
Piling on more hyphenates to their already overflowing resume, Danny Denial turns the excellent ‘Fuck Danny Denial’ full length into a fractured dystopian narrative that puts the punk back in cyberpunk. (Nathan Leigh)

I enjoyed seeing the celebration of Black women by Black women. ENNY’s visual showcase carries a message to the world that, Black women deserve all their flowers while they can still smell them. (Thembela Ngayi)



DJ Lag x Moonchld Sanelley: UHURU DIS
Re-imagining Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a Gqom musical, Lag and director Chris Kets transport us to a futuristic Durban where sci-fi and magical realism intersect: “Romeo and Juliet is a universal story of love and tragedy, says Lag of story behind the dazzling visuals. (Thembela Ngayi)

Chaotic good. (Syron Townsend)

Teezo Touchdown – Social Cues
We get a taste of Teezo’s unbelievable vocal range. Relatable on all metaphorical and literal levels. (Syron Townsend)