Thor Rixon advises: Let’s be healthy – fuk bread

2015-04-08 15:24

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If you can look beyond the knobbly camel toes, aggressive body hair removal and spasm-inducing dance moves you will find a message in electronic sound artist Thor Rixon’s latest video release, Fuk Bread, which wisely advises those listening: “Don’t use the microwave, use the oven instead. Let’s be healthy – fuk bread.”

The call to action, built of an excellent rhyming scheme, should not be mistaken as an ode to the growing gluten intolerance movement but, quite wryly, alludes to something a little more than crumbs, “Bread contains no goodness. There is nothing that enriches our lives in bread except for a fleeting moment of comfort, like many other things that cause us pain in this world” says the Cape Town-based Rixon.

The video brings together a crew of South African underground performers.

“The dance crew is comprised of some of my favourites and are hands-down the most inspiring artists coming out of Cape Town at the moment.”

The dancing group features Siya Ngcobo, AKA Umlilo the gender-bending vocalist; Jana Babez, an emerging performance artist who at an art fair afterparty earlier this year took to a podium and mimed Britney Spears’ historic breakdown circa 2007; and the subtle elegance of Amy Ayanda and Matt Rightford, who are both singers/songwriters who are quickly gaining traction in their own right.

But their credentials aren’t what brought the crew together, says Rixon, “they are some of the best dancers around, as you see”.

The video, all rolled out in a single shot, is produced and directed by the Naas Collective – the group that brought you the unmistakably cool visuals for artists like The Dollfins, Soulja Boy, The Frown and Al Bairre.

The collective is led by Rixon, whose inimitable style as a director has been widely praised.

His earlier videos may have alluded to the potential of Rixon as a performer, but this video really translates a grace we haven’t seen from the artist before, most noticeably through his dance moves.

Rixons debut album, Songs from the Bath, will come out later this year. He describes it as, “a collection of tracks that have been inspired by living in and out of soapy waters”.

The artist is set to amuse and inspire so keep your eyes peeled for his recently bald head. But, should you somehow miss him, look for the gold unitard with a knobbly bump.

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