Promo video created for Quazi Design, Swaziland - a cutting edge crafts company that uses waste magazines and paper to create jewellery and accessories. The "cutting edge" part must have been intended as a pun but shouldn't detract from the fact that they really do create some outstanding design pieces from waste material - a medium often associated with bottle-top earrings and plastic bag mini-skirts.
The difference is in the design and hence the video we put together to show off a few of the key elements to a company that works to balance innovative, attractive and commercially-viable design with providing sustainable incomes and skill sets for Swazi women.
We're going quite far back to a video I made in 2009. Etran Finatawa are a Nigerien group composed of Tuareg and Wodaabe musicians - something that helps define their place in what is now a very popular genre, Desert Blues.
They've recently released a new album, "Sahara Sessions", which is definitely worth lending an ear to.
The songs on the following video are from their previous album "Desert Crossroads"
Here's a music video I made with Sotho Sounds, a music group from Malealea in Lesotho. We presented this to celebrate the release of their debut album Junk Funk in October 2012. Enjoy!
I've included a translation from the seSotho.
There are horses in the fields.
There are aeroplanes.
Please, please, please,
Don't be sad.
For if she who cares for the orphans is sad,
the children will be in the darkest place.
What will they eat?
The Trust (*Malealea Development Trust*), it is important to help the orphans and the poor,
To build schools,
God help us.
We are alive and we survive.
We are only asking for luck,
And where to get a better life.
God has what we have asked for.
God says that I am weeping.
He should help me to wipe my tears,
And those of the children.
And a little bit of behind the scenes...
The Malealea Development Trust began as a form of collecting together donations from tourists to Malealea Pony Trekking Lodge in Lesotho. The idea was to channel those donations into a structured community aid program and avoid the common problem of individual handouts from tourists.
I took advantage of my visit to the valley (to record Sotho Sounds) to compile a short video as an overview of the Trust's work in the community.
more info: www.malealeadevtrust.org
As part of the International Save the Children Conference in London (2010), we prepared a short montage of key projects undertaken by Save the Children Swaziland.
The three main items were:
more info: Facebook > Save the Children Swaziland
Alas Solidarias, a Spanish NGO of pilots, were flying into Niger on a reconnaissance mission and establish contact with a number of NGO's in the region.
I went along to document the trip and produce a half hour promotional video. The resulting three-part video can be viewed below.
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