Leave a comment

Ancient Egypt Today: Kids grill Talib Kweli about his cartoon video for “Come Here”

“Come Here” has been conceptualized into a trenchant cartoon love story between an Egyptian God living in today’s time and a female (that also turns out to be an Egyptian deity) living in her regular, ancient Egyptian time (Source: MTV Hive).

“Come Here” has been conceptualized into a trenchant cartoon love story between an Egyptian God living in today’s time and a female (that also turns out to be an Egyptian deity) living in her regular, ancient Egyptian time (Source: MTV Hive).

“Last week, Talib Kweli released the video for “Come Here,” a rocksteady, sneakily charismatic rap/R&B hybrid featuring Miguel. The song is a single from (and possibly the best track on) Prisoner of Conscious, Kweli’s fifth album, which came out last month. First thing you’ll notice is that the visual treatment for “Come Here” has been conceptualized into a trenchant cartoon love story between an Egyptian God living in today’s time and a female (that also turns out to be an Egyptian deity) living in her regular-y, ancient Egyptian-y time.

We played this video for six children, ages from five to eight. We copied down questions they had about it and then asked Kweli to answer them:

Most of the kids were convinced that the main guy in the video, the blue fellow, that he’s a kangaroo. However, the consensus was only general, not unanimous. Who’s right?

He is a representation of an Egyptian diety like Anubis, the God of the underworld. That’s what the pictures looked like. They look like a dog — or a kangaroo. [Laughs]. But they represent ancient Egyptian figures.

Next question, which I guess is either very important or totally not: “Why does that lady have feathers? People don’t have feathers.”

She’s Isis, a queen in ancient Egypt. I didn’t specifically ask why she had feathers. That was something the director did.

During that scene where the girl is text messaging the guy, a young girl remarked: “I can’t read those messages.” I mean, that’s not necessarily a question, but you get it.

Those are hieroglyphics, the first writing, the grandfather of our alphabet” – via MTV Hive.

You can watch the video for “Come Here” here:

I have to say that I believe that if people want to use ancient Egyptian themes in their modern creations, that they should fully understand the theology. It’s essentially the equivalent of using a modern religion and getting the key details wrong which would cause offence to those who follow that religion. That being said, a music video is just a bit of fun and I quite like the song…

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: