Bonobo has released the video for his track Bambro Koyo Ganda, directed by Stylewar, which makes the world dance to the song’s infectious rhythm. Comprising a series of looping, sped-up films showing scenes both familiar and epic, the video is synced exactly to the beat of the music, so each movement is perfectly in time.
It starts with an aerial shot of a beach and sets off on an international expedition, showing spaghetti junctions packed with cars, a train stop-starting through stations, bustling pedestrian crossings, market squares, a shipping yard, planes coming in to land, a dramatic lightning storm and even the globe from space, all at high-speed and repeated. As such they are abstracted from normality and become cinematic patterns, visualising the joyous rhythm of the song.
The video links to the theme of Bonobo’s album Migration, “a video journey through cultural and locational displacement and the strange familiarity that inevitably surfaces out of transient life”.
Of the video, the director explains: “[It] is a vast collection of material, including some footage shot specifically for this video as well as existing footage from around the world, Then, through the magic of editing, we endeavoured to make every movement in the video correspond to the movement of the music, whether to its rhythm or to the very notes themselves. If you look closely, you should notice that the smallest details have been tweaked to sync the music to the movement. Like the music of Bonobo, it celebrates the rhythmic beauty of our world.”