Sunday, March 21, 2010

Henderson's "Revolution"

Our man Al Henderso's series of short videos are a crucial feature of The Malcolm X Mixtape. Henderson transforms aspects of Malcolm's ideas into thoughtful audio-visual compositions.

I've reproduced an excerpt from his video "Revolution." The audio samples and remixes a clip from one of Malcolm's speeches. The image shows a group of African American Civil War soldiers, Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln.

Henderson creates fascinating juxtapositions here. Malcolm's words from the 1960s are position to narrate on a scene from the Civil War (1861-1865), and at the same time, the beat and Malcolm's remixed words link the piece to contemporary era.

The Malcolm Mixtape
from Pongo’s “Education (Intro.)”
from Pongo’s “Miss Amerikkka”

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