Promonews - 5th Mar 2019

Jazz and Chinese martial arts turn out to be natural bedfellows in this supercool video for Kamaal Williams - aka South London jazzer Henry Wu - by Greg Barnes.

New Heights (Visions of Aisha Malik), which was released on 12-inch in December, is a prime cut from the current British jazz explosion and a soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made, where fighters fly through the air feet first, and know how to handle a pair of deadly nunchakas. So Barnes has made that film - shot on 35mm - and it's terrific.

“2019 is all about making movies… Bruce Lee was a huge inspiration growing up because he was the first Chinese guy on the big screen,” states Henry Wu aka Kamaal Williams, currently on tour in the USA. “I feel like music and martial arts have the same flow of energy and are respective art forms. So why not bring Wu Funk and Kung Fu together?”

Greg Barnes adds: “Kamaal doesn’t make music, he makes soundtracks, and it’s inspiring to work with him in such a shared vision - especially if it means shooting some Kung Fu on 35mm film.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorGreg Barnes
ProducerHolly Wolfers
Executive ProducerMartin Roker
Director of PhotographyJordan Buck
Focus PullerAli Barnes
Clapper LoaderMahalia John
GripTom Stansfield
GafferPaul Allen
Art DirectorWill Olds
EditorGreg Barnes
ColouristJoseph Bicknell
LabelBlack Focus Records
Other creditsElectrician: Adam Bell, Michael Smit Runner: Jasper Vivian Fighter 1: Chris Tang Fighter 2: Jayson Wynters Mr Lee: Johnny Lee

Promonews - 5th Mar 2019

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