Filmed and edited by Ben Stamper, with additional footage by Sasha Aleksandra Arutyunova, this portrait video features OneBeat Russia fellow and Buryat traditional musician Alexander Arkhincheev. Growing up in rural Siberia, Alexander is a renowned diphonic throat singer, morin huur player, and a tireless advocate of Buryat culture.
Mpumelelo Mcata’s Black President
This February OneBeat 2013 Fellow & BLK JKS superstar Mpumi Mcata (South Africa 2013) traveled to the 65th annual Berlinale festival, where his debut film ‘Black Presidents,’ a collaboration with journalist and filmmaker Anna Teeman, made its world premiere. ‘Black Presidents’ follows the story of Zimbabwean artist Kudzunai Chiurai as he develops his newest art exhibit, called ‘State of the Nation.’ In Mpumi’s words: In this film we question the responsibility of African artists in an ever more globalized universe, where we maybe find ourselves “playing catch up” to the West as opposed to following our own paths. Are we victims of our past – forever beholden to our so called arrested development or is our superpower our burden? Will we ever be truly free to express without having to necessarily represent all our people in our every breath or is the need to be that kind of free simply […]