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The music video: Kabulengane – Bebe Cool


From the time he chose to invest heavily in producing high quality music videos, Bebe Cool has not rescinded on that decision. Giving his very best to music videos is a philosophy he has internalised. The story is no different for Kabulengane. The video in itself has been compared to Navio’s Njogereza. Of course, at the first watch, one may be primed to think it follows after Navio’s concept. But that is an illusion, it is totally unique.
For many an urbanite, one is bound to find more solace in Bebe Cool’s visual concept. He acknowledges the duality of the two Ugandan worlds. He fuses the traditional with the urban. With that, he jumps to another plane of artistry.
Shot at a warehouse location, the video opens with a lady swaying past a chapati stall. Then follows the colourful ladies in their jeggings. Their dance seems to be a reinvented, modernised ‘kiganda’ dance. One soon notices that there is an exacting sync in the dance moves and the audio that plays by.
The video does not seem to follow a particular story-line. In fact, it does not have one, except for this one girl that is a momentary centre of attention. She is accused of padding her behind in order to accentuate it. It is a comical splash to the video. When the traditional dancers take over, the two worlds come in a proper fusion. The male dancers take turns at combing the kiganda dance with modern strokes. It all peaks when the two worlds get to the battlefront in a face-off. Which world wins? The urban (liberal) or the traditional (conservative)? It’s a choice left for the viewer. As a bonus, there was that blue vintage Volkswagen pimped with a trumpet. It served as a silent background. Overall, Kabulengane is a video that pulls together all generations and serves them a well-prepared dish.

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