Video: Jes Grew

I’m loving the “Jes Grew” video from visual artist Ali Santana for the Mishmash Music Video Remix competition.

The concept surrounding the piece came from Ishmael Reed’s acclaimed novel Mumbo Jumbo. Set in 1920s NYC, the novel depicts the struggles of “The Wallflower Order,” an international conspiracy dedicated to monotheism and control, against the “Jes Grew” virus, a personification of ragtime, jazz, polytheism, and freedom. The Wallflower Order is said to work in concert with the Knights Templar Order to prevent people from dancing, to end the dance crazes spreading among black people (who are referred to in the novel as “Jes Grew Carriers” or “J.G.C.s”).  The book mixes historical, social, and political events mingle freely with fictional inventions. I definitely want to give it a read.

The soundtrack “Give the Drummer Some” is by Black Milk and the titles and hieroglyphics were done by past Color Muse Stephanie Matthews.

Some cool shots from the piece.

The contest is now closed, but the judges will be using the public’s votes to help guide their decision. If you like it as much as I do, vote here!

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