Video, Cotonou, Benin, 2007, All rights reserved
duration 12 minutes.
TheVideoclip, or How to Shave a Bald Man is a short video, featuring a group of drum players in a favela in Cotonou, Benin, who present an oral contract to the artist, on the promise to make a videoclip, as 'a favour between friends'.
Shots of the group are alternated with images of a busy street in their neighbourhood, where children make little dances and funny faces in front of the camera.
After the meeting, a shaving session in a barbershop, where one of the band members is the barber– is filmed, while several boys assist him by holding up wires and handing tools, as he shaves the head of a man with almost no hair. The scene is played at double speed, making things look somewhat comical, to the soundtrack of the bands raw drumming and singing.
Band Members, Cotonou Drumming Band
Hotel and Beach Resort El Dorado, Cotonou, Benin
camera + edit + guitar: Bart Groenendaal
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
All rights reserved, Bart Groenendaal / Laurent Kunda, 2007