“Once you hear it, you must come together and move.”
Music performed by Prince Kongo
A short film by Daniel Amoakoh and Barbara John
Bo Yaka, a Lingala phrase meaning “come here”, was written as an ode to homecoming and the coming together of people through movement, by Congo-born, Hackney-raised artist Prince Kongo.
His style has been influenced by the likes of Missy Elliot and D Double E, with core themes of identity, and the idea of reconstructing identity through sound and movement, running throughout all of his releases.
This short film, directed by Daniel Amoakoh and Barbara John, was shot within a few of London’s notorious Afro-Caribbean communities including Peckham Palms and Ridley Road, earlier this year, echoing a colourful sense of nostalgia and rich heritage throughout the energy-filled scenes.
The consistent chant of Bo Yaka, calling people to dance and express through movement, is matched with equally consistent vibrant and authentic visuals. With intensely beautiful scenes, such as that of Deji Tiwo of Sistren as Mami Wata dancing on a stormy Southend beach, the video holds a lot of discrete narrative cues to be marvelled over.
Dropping right here on Blanguageonline.com today, Friday 8th May 2020, at 7pm GMT! See you there.