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Written by David Knight - 10th July 2018

With Rudimental and Major Lazer's anthemic collaboration Let Me Live about to take over our summer, South African photographer and director Chris Saunders provide the fantastic blockbuster video that the dancehall-inspired track deserves.

As the song is a global alliance of music artists in the UK (Rudimental and guest singer Anne-Marie) the US (Major Lazer) and Africa (Nigerian rapper Mr Eazi), Saunders has created a brilliantly vibrant video that pinballs between London and Johannesburg.

And in the South African section in particular, Saunders stages a remarkable show of colour, choreography and characer: some of the most talented dancers in South Africa provide a heart-surging display of music, dance, fashion and street culture, in an underpass of Jo'burg's M2 motorway. It's dazzling, and as lead performer, Anne-Marie doesn't disappoint either - she is completely wrapped up in the moment too. 

Saunders, who is based between Johannesburg and Paris, has spent years researching and documenting South African dance and performance culture. He has revealed that the choreography for the Let Me Live video was designed to showcase the dancers’ original work.

“These dancers are often asked to work within pre-existing choreographies and set pieces,” says Saunders. “This was an opportunity to collaborate with the highest-level African performers on original choreography in a more consultative and respectful way.”

Credits

DirectorChris Saunders
ProducerShabana Mansuri
ProducerMaurice Dingli
ProducerAllison Swank
Production CompanyBelieve Media
Executive ProducerJannie McInnes
Executive ProducerJames Coville
1st ADMark McPadden
Director of PhotographyAlexandre Jamin
SteadicamJosh Brooks
Art DirectorDavid Hamilton
EditorPaul O'Reilly
Editing companyHomespun
ColouristArthur Paux
VFX CompanyGloria FX
Director's Rep (UK)Alexa Haywood at Free Agent UK
CommissionerDan Curwin
LabelAsylum Records
Other creditsBelieve Head of Production: Vitaly Koshman Rudimental Stylist: Bevan Agyemang, Laurie Hadleigh M/U: Liz Taw Major Lazer Stylist: Tati Cotlier Anne-Marie Stylist: Phoebe- Lettice Thompson M/U: Kim Neeta Hair: Emma Osborne Mr Eazi Stylist: Mariam Abass South African Production: Ola Films Executive Producer: Olivia Leitch Art Director: Tamzyn Botha aka. Tamzyn Limb Costume Design: Nao Serati & Tamzyn Botha Steadicam: Jo Oosthuizen Make-up: Orli Merli (Lampost) Hair: Mimi Duma (Lampost) SA Performers: Pantsula Dancers: Impilo Mapantsula Pantsula Choreography: Thomas Motsapi & Kgotsofalang Mavundla from Impilo Mapantsula Pantsula Dancers: Tshepo Mashego, Thomas Motsapi (Choreographer), Mjabulo Zaba, Doctor Mabunda, Sphelele Ngqulunga, Tshepiso Munyai, Milton Tshabalala, Bongani Lebusa, Bukhosibakhe Letsekha, Sipho Zulu, Thando Dlamini, Bafana Mathibela, Zakhele Madida, Paballo Phiri, Kgotsofalang Mavundla (Choreographer) GQOM Choreography: Welile Artchild Gumede GQOM Dancers: Welile Artchild Gumede (Choreographer), Ayanda Mkhize, Boniwe Gaga, Ntokozo Joy Nyuswa, Nosipho Shamase Voguers: Lebo Otukile ( Fakamatah) Alonzo Strauss Stunt Driver: Stacey Lee May

Written by David Knight - 10th July 2018

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