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Kamaal Williams 'New Heights (Visions Of Aisha Malik)' by Greg Barnes

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.”

 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Greg Barnes
Producer
Holly Wolfers
Production Company
Executive Producer
Martin Roker

Camera

Director of Photography
Jordan Buck
Focus Puller
Ali Barnes

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Paul Allen
Grip
Tom Stansfield

Art

Art Director
Will Olds

Editorial

Editor
Greg Barnes

Grading

Colourist
Joseph Bicknell
Colour grade company

Commission

Label
Black Focus Records

Misc

Clapper Loader
Mahalia John

Other credits

Electrician

Adam Bell, Michael Smit

Runner

Jasper Vivian

Fighter 1

Chris Tang

Fighter 2

Jayson Wynters

Mr Lee

Johnny Lee

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