Spoek Mathambo has made a dark and moody cover of Joy Division's "Control" that seems to be the perfect photo-negative version of the original song, with dark where there's light and light where there's dark. Pieter Hugo & Michael Cleary have expertly added to the Joy Division homage by shooting Spoek in graveyards, preaching like a priest of the new era of dance music through a megaphone. With gangs of boys and girls who dance reminiscent of an epileptic fit, eyes rolling in their heads.
Four minutes and thirty nine seconds of WTF!?, featuring Wanga, a teenage Xhosa emcee, and Diplo himself. Die Antwoord (The Answer) are here to mess with your synapses combining thumping beats with a heavy dose of surreal and downright scary dancing creatures. From Yolanda, bleached the whitest of white's with her collection of white rats while wearing a rat-jacket, to the freaky alien like creatures with District 9 prawn arms. The graffiti which is part Keith Haring, part new african art as it happen when one marries naive to city-culture. This is all kinds of perfect.
The video is a protest against Xhosa ritual male circumcision, which explains the many phallic images and perhaps the penis microphone too.
The spot opens with four young men at the start of a Rube Goldberg-type machine as one of the team sets a Tumble down to start the machine in motion. We follow the progress of the Tumble through the machine as it travels through various interesting stages. As the Tumble appears to be reaching the end of the circuit however, a dog runs into the shot and steals the Tumble. We are left with four frustrated guys and one relieved young lady who is dangling precariously above a pool of water at what appears to be the culmination of the elaborate route through the machine.
We open on a shot of soccer supporters in the stands at a local South African soccer match in the 1970’s. An overzealous supporter loses his grip on his Heineken and we see the bottle bouncing on the heads of unsuspecting supporters, including that of our main character Alfred Baloyi. Following on from this experience, Baloyi goes on to develop the “Makarapa” – a uniquely South African decorative soccer hat made out of a regular protective hard-hat. Finally we see an older Baloyi in present day South Africa at a World Cup Soccer game where the South African supporters are all wearing Makarapas. As Baloyi claims the Makarapa is exclusive only to South Africa he is interrupted by a Dutch supporter wearing a bright orange Makarapa.
"Selinah agreed t film herself for 90 days to help others..." the ad begins, a woman with healthy weight lies down in a bed and then the time-lapse begins. Her weight drops until she is near skeletal and hollow-eyed, a shell of her former self, AIDS taking its toll on her body.
It's only at the very end you'll se the reveal, it was all in reverse.
Selina is competing in Cannes, lets hope she goes far.
We open in an upmarket bar where a customer orders a Castle Lite. The barman quickly discovers that the Castle Lite is far too cold for him to “touch” and a hilarious and elaborate juggling act ensues as the barman fumbles with the bottle. He finally loses his grip on the beer and we see it fly across the bar only to be caught by a bejewelled hand. We discover that this hand belongs to MC Hammer who says “I told you Homeboy – you just can’t touch this.” The spot ends as a bemused patron gives a wry smile and promptly asks the barman for another Castle Lite for his friend.
The commercial starts a shot of various people standing waiting. We start with a light breeze that blows their hair and ruffles their clothing. The wind then picks up force to become a stronger wind and eventually a gale as we witness the people interacting and playing with this wind. Just as suddenly as it began, the wind drops and we cut to a shot of the high-speed Gautrain rushing by, indicating that it was in fact the train causing this wind.
You have not seen talking dog spokespeople this funny since.... I dunno, what talking dog spokesperson has been this funny?
Forgotten history. Lost Future.
What’s to become of a celebrity-obsessed generation that’s forgetting its history?
The history of the struggle against Apartheid is a history of men and women who sacrificed everything for freedom. It is the story of people like Steve Biko and Albert Luthuli, Joe Slovo and Oliver Tambo. People who suffered brutality, exile, prison and in some cases paid the ultimate price.
It is their struggle and vision of a non-racial and democratic society that our new country is built on.
The Apartheid Museum exists as a monument to the rise and fall of apartheid. It chronicles a history we should forgive, but in so doing, never forget.
ADRIAN TAKES LEXUS ISF INTO A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION
Faced with the complex Theory of Special Relativity and how best to put that across in Draft FCB’s script for the new Lexus ISF, Adrian De Sa Garces has managed to create a thought-provoking and beautiful ad that has the viewer wanting to take another look.
Based on the premise that the 311kw V8 Lexus is so fast that it is capable of slowing down time, De Sa Garces has managed to covey the speed and magnificence of the this beast of a vehicle in a way that is quite ethereal. This is a spot that is both visual and visceral.
Two girls have no idea, guess "mandela"
Aaaah, the Jupiter Drawing room has figured out what a family of six can do with all those free wimpy-glasses they get with the many Valuelicious Meals they must have consumed. Deck out in horrific home-made 80's glamrock gear and play Funky Town. But of course.
Canvas, Cape town and GreatOdds.co.za demonstrate "beating the odds" with a family of redheads. This red headed family of nine has one baby with black hair, but really, the odds of two parents with the mutated MC1R gene to have a redheaded child is actually 1 in 4. (Note that blondes and brunettes can have the mutated MC1R gene.)
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