An ode to streetball culture, narrated by Michael Kenneth Williams (of Omar/Chalky White infamy).
CONCEPT / DIRECTOR: TWiN (Jonathan & Josh Baker)
WRITER: Elizabeth Nolan
PRODUCER: Gillian Marr
DP: Nicolas Karakatsanis
PROD DESIGNER: Pete Zumba
EDITOR: Ben Suenaga
SOUND DESIGN: Joseph Fraioli @ Jafbox Sound
MUSIC: Big Noble (Daniel Kessler & Joseph Fraioli)
COLORIST: Tom Poole @ Co3
NARRATOR: Michael K. Williams
This royal court of kings, this blood-stained ground,
This city cauldron, this throne of Mars,
This street sanctuary, and combat zone,
A fortress, inside a citadel, raised to stand,
Against adversaries, jesters, pretenders,
Against true players and those who merely come, to play.
This fighting pack, this world all its own,
This game of hours, dark nights, threatening dawns,
Which serves as refuge, home and shelter,
Or as a rampart defensive to the squall.
Against the tyranny of outcasts and outsiders -
This square of dirt.
Give me my robe, put on my crown,
I have eternal longings to be king.
What an honour to work with these great Queens who are legends with an extensive profile. The Mahotalla Queens were formed in 1964 and they might well be the oldest South African group still performing.
The song is a call for Africa’s children to embrace and celebrate the diversity in Africa the unit; it is the fact that we are different in our cultures that builds us the strength we exude together into a colourful quilt. Giving thanks and praise for this opportunity – Simuntu Munye [WE ARE ONE]
Credits: from #WozaMoya,
Released 05 January 2014
Composed by: Karabo "Proff" Khumalo
Produced by Karabo "Prof" Khumal
Written by: Hilda Tloubatla, Khethukubonga Ntshangase
Performed by: Khethi featuring Mahotella Queens