The video comes from Simone Trabucchi’s new mixtape project, KIKOMMANDO.
In the video for ‘Nkwaata’, the new single from Kampala-based rapper BLAQ BANDANA, motorcycles circle around the artist as he delivers his lines beside a campfire in the dead of night. The video is a uniquely Ugandan take on the rap video, which was directed and edited by Italian producer Simone Trabucchi aka STILL, who also produced the track as part of a new joint release between PAN and Nyege Nyege’s Hakuna Kulala label.
Titled KIKOMMANDO, the 12-track mixtape takes its name from a Ugandan street food of flat bread and beans. Tne project started in 2018, when Trabucchi joined a two-month residency hosted at Nyege Nyege’s villa studio, producing tracks with local artists such as BLAQ BANDANA, Swordman Kitala and Ecko Bazz.
“The intention was to record as much as possible,” Trabucchi says of the project, which encompasses trap, drill, cut kuduro, electro and more. “It was a dialogue. I created the musical platform to make the singers confident, and challenged them at the same time. Working together accelerates ideas and reveals that nothing is your invention alone. That’s why KIKOMMANDO is a mixtape to me, and not an album.”
KIKOMMANDO was envisioned as a visual project as much as a musical one, with a ‘visual mixtape’ of videos for each of the tracks as well as a “recording diary”, where Trabucchi collects pictures, colours and textures into a book (featuring liner notes from Lamin Fofana) that documents the sonic palette of the mixtape itself.
Written & performed by Blaq Bandana, Produced by STILL, Mixed by Ville Haimala
Directed and edited: STILL aka Simone Trabucchi
Camera: Mutebi Oscar
Grading: Domenico Nicoletti