Cat Velez - 14th Mar 2016

American producer and singer-songwriter Mali Music has shared this sweet new video for Contradiction, one of his contributions to the soundtrack to Spike Lee's recent feature ChiRaq.

Directed by Davis Silis, it's a wonderfully warm clip shining a spotlight on the Georgia singer and his collaborator, the singer Jhene Aiko. The pair sway gently with a glowing dance club's pretty, jovial crowd while singing about the ups and downs of love. And while the general vibe is happy and life-affirming, it also offers a reminder of those lost in violence not just in Chicago, but all over the world.


"The insurmountable loss Chicago has experienced over the years, for many people, only came into perspective when compared to America’s losses in Iraq, a war more publicised, and certainly longer-running than any other.

"I grew up not far from Chicago, so when this project came around, working with the supremely talented Mali Music, Jhené Aiko, and the team behind Spike Lee’s film Chi-Raq, the soundtrack on which Contradiction features, it felt quite personal. Especially when only a few weeks after we finished filming, my own hometown suffered a mass shooting.

"What we wanted to create was a video that reinforced the story of Chi-Raq, but also had its own message. Both a celebration of community, and a lament of its destruction. Or in other words, a contradiction. That while life does go on, we shall never forget those who were lost."

PRO Credits


DirectorDavis Silis
ProducerDrew O'Neill
ProducerElliot Sisson
Production CompanyBullion Productions
Production CompanyAnthem Films
Executive ProducerHannah Gracie
Executive ProducerDjay Brawner

1st ADSam Shapson
Director of PhotographyCorey Jennings
Focus PullerJared Bargiel

2nd ACHolly Horne

GafferCorrin Hodgson

Art DirectorZak Cole
WardrobeSarah Kinsumba
HairSteven Tabimba
Make-upAlysha Marcantonio
EditorEllie Johnson
Editing companySpeade
ColouristJulien Biard
Grading companyFinish
Director's RepresentationOB Management
CommissionerAkila Robinson
Other credits
Production Coordinator: Gabriel Younes 
2nd AD: Kurtis Gnagey Steadicam Operator: Andrew Ansnick Gaffer: Corrin Hodgson
 Best Boy Electric: Michael Tingley Key Grip: Angelo Soiza G&E Swing: Chris Montgomery, Anderson Lau Production Designer: Brian Mayfield Wardrobe Assistant: Beatrice Balaj, Kali Hanks, Nora Mercado Make Up Assistant: Jovanie Acosta Runners: Chris Cash, Erin Sanders, Joan Gallagher, Will Gormley

Cat Velez - 14th Mar 2016

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