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Ezra Collective 'Victory Dance' by Femi Ladi

David Knight - 15th June 2022

Trailblazing London jazz outfit Ezra Collective hit the ring in Femi Ladi's joyous video for Victory Dance.

Customers of a cornershop receive a mysterious invitation by the shopkeeper, leading them downstairs into the basement and a magical space. Suddenly we are in a big hall, a boxing ring in the middle - not to witness a boxing bout, but the moves of jazz dancer Jay Allen, and a thrilling performance of the individuals of Ezra Collective, and then the group as a whole.

This is the band's first ever music video, reflecting their position at the heart of London's resurgent jazz scene. Femi Ladi achieves a sense of wonder and real occasion by keeping things based around the performances, and top and tailing the piece with the narrative element involving the audience. It really works. 

"I’m a big fan of the Ezra Collective, I find their music so refreshing and unexpected," says Ladi. "I had a personal experience of hearing the band's music for the first time when I stumbled into a performance of theirs by accident a few years back. I instantly became a fan. So, we went with an Idea that had similar journey of discovery with the band playing a secret gig somewhere quite unexpected."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Femi Ladi
Producer
Jake River Parker
Production Company
Executive Producer
Maëva Demurger
Production Manager
Rowan Mackintosh King
1st AD
Philips Nortey
Production Assistant
Maya Bury
3rd AD
Dennis Nortey @mih.nortey
Production Runners
Maddy Williams, Damilola Alokolaro, Keaton Williams
Covid Supervisor
Samuel Mines @samminesfilm
Location Manager
Brandon Palmer @​​brndnp365

Camera

Director of Photography
Courtney Bennett
1st AC
Oliver Bingham
2nd AC
Scarlett Gardner
Steadicam
Jay Gomez
Sound Operator
Chen Wissotzky
Camera Supplied By
Focus24

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Jamie Hitchens
Sparks
Charlie Lodge, Matt Bohun
Lighting Supplied By
Glo Film LIghting

Art

Production designer
Katie South
Art assistants
Niall Herlihy, Soo Young

Wardrobe

Hair & Make-up
Jenny Glynn

Casting

Lead Dancer
Jay Allen
Lead Cast
Melissa K, Ngoh-Fende, Alexandra King, Jefferson King, Anthony Gopaul

Editorial

Editor
Kaz Ove

Grading

Colourist
Yoomin Lee
Colour grade company
Company 3

Agent

Director's Representation
André Reid

Misc

DIT
Rosie Taylor
Colour Producer
Chris Anthony

Other credits

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