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Isaach De Bankole and Cassandra Wilson, Directed by Arthur Jafa

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 15, 2014 12:23 PM
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Until - Still

Nothing like a little lovely soulful jazz on a warm, but not too hot, summer day (in NYC anyway), in lush black and white cinematography, compliments of songstress/diva, Cassandra Wilson on vocals, Isaach de Bankole as subject, and Arthur Jafa behind the camera.

The track is called "Until," and it's from Wilson's 1995 album, "New Moon Daughter" - easily my favorite of all her albums, and I highly recommend it, if you aren't already familiar.

I'm sure actor Isaach de Bankole needs no intro around here, given how often his name comes up.

And of course, Arthur Jafa - the proverbial renaissance man - artist, critique, intellectual, and more, whose intro to most was his work as the cinematographer on Julie Dash's seminal "Daughters Of The Dust." He was recently on camera on Ava DuVernay's upcoming "Selma," and his latest film, the documentary "Dreams are Colder than Death," premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last month.

I love when I stumbled upon *artifacts* like this one, featuring artists whose work I follow and appreciate.


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  • Langston | July 16, 2014 8:27 PMReply

    Can I just say "ditto" to everything thing that Ava just wrote. I fully concur.

  • Ava | July 16, 2014 7:54 PMReply

    I sometimes forget how much I love Cassandra Wilson's rich and dulcet voice and the effective use of instruments that others wouldn't use, like the accordion. And I have fond memories of the '90s when that cinema verité style was all the rage. It works in creating a wonderful mood in this video.

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