Middelvinger returns with a wild performance video directed by Michael Ellis.
Cape Town-based Afrikaans rapper, Middelvinger, marks his triumphant returns with “Alles Is Gecancel!!”, his first release for 2021 alongside his longtime friends and collaborators Francois van Coke and Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties).
Directed, filmed and edited by Michael Ellis, who also directed Middelvinger’s “In Die Begin Bongathon” video, “Alles Is Gecancel” is a comment on the absurdity of extreme forms of Cancel Culture, a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles.
“Getting the opportunity to put a music video together was a lekker break from my usual line of video work,” Ellis explains. “I decided to chuck myself in the deep end and take on all the major roles with Sonja Myburgh [Fokof Lager brand manager] helping out with some of the production. The main concept was to take a sarcastic approach to the narrative and let the guys go balls to the wall with the performance. Pretty straight forward really.”
Middelvinger flexes his trademark rap rhythm on “Alles Is Gecancel”, but we also get to see him behind the drum kit for the first time since his old rock ‘n’ roll group, Dead Lucky, disbanded in 2015.
“I teamed up with my friend Michael Ellis after a long time to shoot a lekker video, he shot all of our Dead Lucky stuff back in the day,” Middelvinger explains. “The video does the song justice because it’s edgy, fast-paced, and in your face. I wouldn’t say that everybody stayed very sober for the day of shooting, but we got everything done that we needed to get done, on the day that we needed to get it done.”
Watch “Alles Is Gecancel!!” below:
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