A couple weeks ago, my friend Melissa “Melly Mel” Flerangile called me asking if I’d like to film a short Pantsula video. “Of course!!”. Knowing how amazing a dancer she is and that my dear friend Michael Moloi would be part of it, made it too tempting!
I already made a couple short documentaries with Michael "Gumboots, Through the eyes of Michael Moloi", and "PANTSULA" Through the Eyes of Michael Moloi", so I couldn’t miss the chance to film more Pantsula!
The idea was simple. Make a minute video promo to introduce Pantsula for an event where Melly Mel will be teaching at 2015 LADIES OF HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, July 10th-12th, New York City.
A couple of days later, she was here. We found a place to shoot that inspired us and we talked about the concept on the way back. Next morning, we went back to the location with one camera, a computer and a phone to play the music, our friendship and our common love for Pantsula! We hadn’t really planned anything, just a starting point. But I guess we were connected and everything just flowed naturally. A few hours later, we were done.
I couldn’t wait to start putting everything together! After reviewing all the footage, I knew I could do more than a one-minute video so I decided to create two versions of it. The following one is the long version.