After successfully launching her debut album, Tha Rappetizer, at a colourful ceremony held at Alliance Française in October, female hip-hop artist Nonku “Black Bird” Vundla recently completed the film shoot for her first music video.
The film-maker/rapper has been giving her music career the prime focus despite her training as a film producer and director.
The music video for the track Oooh has given Black Bird an opportunity to spread her creative wings.
Besides recreating a 60s kitchen and lounge, Black Bird also captured the beauty of the 50s by driving a purple 1956 MG down a jacaranda-lined road in the streets of Waterfalls in Harare.
According to bystanders it seemed as though Black Bird was from a by-gone era, causing a stir by looking like a female James Bond in shades and a short black dress.
“The Oooh video is a short film that celebrates an era that flaunted beautiful cars and clothes, while maintaining a level of elegance and class that most of today’s‘ballers’ don’t exhibit,” Black Bird said.
“I wanted to use the classic look to show that you don’t need a million-dollar budget with fancy effects to make a good film.”
Black Bird said she put in a lot of hard work into the project because she wanted to produce a high-quality video.
“As a professional film-maker I don’t believe in taking short cuts. As the director and producer, I did the storyboard. I organised and even made some of my props; did my own makeup and wardrobe,” she said.
Next week, she said, she will begin editing the video, whose shooting was done over three days, with co-producer and co-editor Shelter Kwaramba of Rhodesville Studios.
“It’s great working with another female trailblazer and Shelter is one of the few young women in the production side of our industry,” Black Bird said.
Black Bird thanked her production team, which also included production manager Sylvia Vassilatos, assistant director Stuart Kwaramba and art director Tachi Njagu for adding the “finer touches” to the project.
This video is one of the few rap videos in Zimbabwe that has been shot as a professional film.
Black Bird will be performing live on stage at the Book Café Saturday evening.