Pristine visuals

tjil selected these music videos as the best Namibian offerings of the year.

24 December 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINHOEK

The best music videos are not only about how good the visuals are, but about how well suited they are to the music. Based on interpretation and creativity, technical properties – like editing, lighting, photography and graphics - as well as concept and development are judged by their suitability to the music. These are the best music videos Namibian artists had to offer this year, as ranked by Michael Kayunde.

Open Up – Ethnix Namibia

Always pushing the boundaries creatively, Ethnix Namibia and Spectrum Media impressed with another superior visual display in the form of the 2021 street anthem ‘Open Up’. The video was filmed in three locations - Rundu, Windhoek and Swakopmund.

Ethanje – TopCheri and Manxebe

Shot by Spectrum Media and directed by Mepani Mbaindjikua who is known for directing work with striking visuals, ranging across various genres and style. Based on concept alone, the work Spectrum Media and Mepani Mbaindjikua is second to none in 2021. Taking the form of a reality reel featuring real people from the hood.

Superstar – Lioness

Lioness has been the poster child for well executed music videos in Namibia for the last few years, consistently. From the styling, wardrobe to choreography, she always makes sure that she delivers aesthetically pleasing visuals, and she did just that with her 2021 hit song ‘Superstar’.

Stupid – Gazza

Not all videos need to be profound and complex for them to be good. Often a simple treatment executed the right way can perfectly express the sentiments of a song. This was Gazza’s first video shot at his hometown of Oshakati and he used the video as a conduit to showcase the livelihood of an average kwaito boy in the north.

Hoekom Maak Jy Soo – DJ Spuzza

Fun and conceptually apt for the song, DJ Spuzza’s ‘Hoekom Maak Jy Soo’ justified the hype. The production team took street video footage and used creativity in post editing to make it look like gold.

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