Umlilo, the ex-Cape Townian and now Jozi-based musician and performance artist, will be performing at various sites of struggle around Johannesburg – and livestreaming the whole thing on Periscope. All of this is happening tomorrow, Saturday 18 June, 2016.
The online performance artwork will follow Umlilo as they produce scenes for their newest video work in real time. It’s kind of the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the production of a music video and a refreshed way of engaging in art-making in a sometimes jaded music world. The scenes captured will then be made into an interactive 360 degree video that will allow viewers to walk the mile, change course, visit sites of struggle in Johannesburg and also see the Google Earth position of the locations.
The song that will be performed is ‘Umzabalazo’ of the artist’s sophomore EP, Aluta, and tragically and fittingly comes a week after the tragic Orlando Massacre that has had the queer world in a state of shock. The performance will follow the performer as two different characters navigating the city and the video concept forms around the idea of the body as a site of struggle that is bound by society, oppressive colonial history and modernity.
Umlilo has shared the following statement:
“Millions of LGBTQIA people worldwide have died at the hands of oppressive systems time and time again and we keep watching as the wheels of life turn and we wonder who is next. We are all human beings and our lives have value.”
Umlilo will be performing at a variety of spaces that are known for their relevance to the struggle for equality in SA, including Northcliff Ridge, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Mandela Bridge, Constitutional Hill and more.
In the mean time, peep 2014’s video for ‘Chain Gang’, off the same EP, Aluta: