Take A Trip To Guyana In Blood Orange's 'Chamakay' Video
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 17:09
Blood Orange, the alias of British singer Dev Hynes, said of his new video for “Chamakay” (Dir. Adam Bainbridge): “I tracked down family members, including my 92-year-old grandfather, who I had never met before. In this video you will see our first-ever meeting,” but really what we see here is the moment that the odd, quiet kid in class drops the freak bomb. We’re not talking anime convention weird. Or dad’s adult VHS collection weird. This dude is the real deal. Somewhere within his gender-neutral voice, deep within his ambi-sexual dance moves, there’s a point, I’m sure.
But the video comes off as a man in ’80s chic moonwalking across a country that is powered by (and I quote the Internet here) “inefficient thermoelectric diesel-engine driven generators.” While advertised as a spiritual journey back to the homeland, the people of Guyana are kept in the background as Blood Orange does a jig on the beach, a little shimmy outside a favela, and a dainty spin inside a convenient store that looks like it hasn’t been restocked in years. Even the beautiful colors featured here, colors that only South America could ever have, can’t make the video any less self-indulgent.