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VIDEO PREMIERE : SPOEK MATHAMBO 'CONTROL'
Release February, 21st 2011
Directed by Pieter Hugo & Michael Cleary
Edited by Richard Starkey @ Priest
Produced by Jon Day @ Orange Films
Control, fourth video from Spoek Mathambo's debut album Mshini Wam, is a darkwave township house cover of the Joy Division classic 'She's Lost Control'. For the music video, Spoek has collaborated with one of South Africa's most celebrated photographers, Pieter Hugo & cinematographer Michael Cleary. It explores the world of township cults, street preaches and teen gangs and was shot on location in a squatted train boarding house in Langa, Cape Town. The cast is mainly made up of the neighborhood kids who run their own dance troop, Happy Feet.
Spoek Mathambo (http://www.spoekmathambo.com) has been putting the world onto his brave, progressive take African music for the past number of years (through his own music as well as DJing under the name HIVIP) and most recently, through the release of both his solo album and assembling a band to realise his afro-futurist dream.
Pieter Hugo (http://www.pieterhugo.com) is a South Africa artist/photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected internationally. He has published numerous monographs, which include 'The Hyena & Other Men'. His most recent publication is called 'Permanent Error' and deals with an expansive dump of obsolete technology on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana.
Michael Cleary (http://www.michaelcleary.co.za) has a strong background in advertising and went into photography 15 years ago, to become a cinematographer today. He enjoys working with talented artists on personal projects.