Uncurling began as a poem called Wind Wheels Turn, written by Oluwafemi Hughes Jonas as part of the Tenebrae: Lessons Learnt in Darkness project for Brighton Festival, 2021. I reworked Oluwafemi’s words into song lyrics, and developed the song further in collaboration with Oluwafemi, Riphco and Moemar (aka Cyan Sphinx – musicians and producers) and Jez Clavi (lead vocalist), later adding saxophone added by Yebga Dikoba. You can read more about this process in my blog.
I then developed the visual element with Munya Muchati (Thirty10Arts) and Lya Abdoua Issa (aka Blk Diamond Dance, who also did backing vocals) – culminating in a film shoot in and around Brighton, with artistic assistance from Carolyn Baguma (Art by Mulinde). You can read more about the making of the video here.
As a part of the ONCA showcase (November, 2021) , they also generously produced a podcast of Oluwafemi and I in conversation:
And you can now find Uncurling on Spotify:
Director of Photography: Munya Muchati / Thirty10Arts
Dancer, actor & choreographer: Lya Abdoua Issa aka Blk Diamond Dance
Makeup: Carolyn Baguma & Blk Diamond Dance
Filming Assistants: Riphco, Carolyn Baguma & Josephine Hall
Edit by: Munya Muchati & Josephine Hall
Original poem by: Oluwafemi Hughes Jonas
Reshaping into song lyrics: Josephine Hall
Music & Audio Production – Riphco and Moemar (aka @cyansphinx)
Lead vocals: Jez Clavi
Backing vocals: Blk Diamond & Josephine Hall
Spoken word: Oluwafemi Hughes Jonas
Saxophone: Yebga Dikoba
Audio Mastering: QM Records Studio
The development of Uncurling was supported by Arts Council England.