Rob Ulitski - 19th Oct 2021

Zandi Tisani directs a thrilling dance promo for South African artist Kamo Mphela's Thula Thula

The track is taken from NTS's Amapiano Now compilation, celebrating the genre that emerged from the townships of Gauteng and Pretoria and, as the NTS website describes "has quickly established itself as the defining sound of the South African club underground."

Kamo's Thula Thula is riotous fun both sonically and visually, and intertwines playful movement with slick, sharp performances. 

An abstract narrative, featuring a nervous stranger with a briefcase full of secrets, adds an enigmatic layer to the concept, which is an absolute blast to watch from start to finish.

“My motivation for shooting this video was an opportunity to work with Kamo who I see as being a world-class performer," says director Zandi Tisani "It’s only a matter of time before she hits the major league and I wanted to be able to say I was there in the early days.

"With the video I wanted to take her beyond the expected visuals from Amapiano, and create something closer to the cannon of classic pop music videos. Something visually sophisticated but still fun and entertaining.”

PRO Credits


DirectorZandi Tisani
ProducerPeta Sacke
Production CompanyRobot
Executive ProducerLiam Johnson
Director of PhotographyChuanne Blofield
Focus PullerKhaya Jali
GafferAlfred Manzini
WardrobeNeo Seriti
HairLazola Kindness
Make-upMatome Kgomo
EditorMarcelle Mouton
Editing companyPost Modern
ColouristAfrica Majola
Post ProducerSarah Modiba
VFXAndried Jager
Director's RepresentationCallan Paul
Other creditsDIT: Jabulile Faku Grip: Ithumelang Mdodana Featuring: Nyiko Pedro Horacio Tembe, Letlhogonolo Molefi, Bandile Makhathini, Kananelo Ngaleka, Kabelo Monaheng, Sphiwe, Wandile (dancers) Roberto Pombo Stylist (Kamo): Maps Ralephenya Unit & Location Manager: Lincorn Mkhabela Production Assistant: Tebogo Nkayane Location Security: Banele Sibisi, Themba Ntando, Sifiso Mbatha, Martin Ndlovu Medic/Compliance: Tegan Wentzel Runners: Vuyo Mnyani, Afrika Sekhamane - Crew Agents: Saskia Stuart-Clark (Krew Kut), Lindi Haskel (Top Techs) Online: Chad Naidoo After Effects: Andries Jager Audio: Sean Jefferis Producer: Sarah Modiba

Rob Ulitski - 19th Oct 2021

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