Fort Knox Five Video – “Shift”

The 2009 Inaugural weekend saw massive celebrations in Washington, DC and worldwide. The legendary Afrika Bambaataa, who helped launch the hip-hop generation with hits like “Planet Rock” and “Searching for the Perfect Beat” was in town to celebrate the historic moment. While Barack Obama was being sworn in as President, the Fort Knox Five teamed up with electro-funk innovator Afrika Bambaataa and Mustafa Akbar to create the funk anthem “Shift.” Originally released on the 2009 compilation The New Gold Standard 2, “Shift” has been reinvented in both audio and visual form.

The groundbreaking music video for “Shift” is the result of months of work by directors Stu Mackay-Smith and DJ Ball(AmBushed by Conspirituality). Combining live action filmed in HD Oakley Red with sharp animation, the production team called in world famous action sports cinematographer Christian Begin to capture Vancouver’s Now or Never B-Boy crew, the Hybrid Movement Parkour crew, and go-go dancers Ace Mackay-Smith aka the Foxy Moron, Nessa V, and Jina Anika. Additional filming by Adam Mackay-Smith, Colin Mcgreal and Robin Bell. Prepare to be blown away by an audio-visual experience of interstellar funk and esoteric imagery. The video even features an exclusive John Langdon created Fort Knox Five ambigram.

SHIFT MUSIC VIDEO
SHIFT featuring Afrika Bambaataa & Mustafa Akbar – By Fort Knox Five
from the compilation The New Gold Standard 2 (FKX028) out on Fort Knox Recordings

Directed by S.MacKay-Smith & DJ Ball
Animator/Editor: Stu MacKay Smith smackaysmith.com
Producer/Assistant Director: Travis Tetreault
Associate Producer: JonH (Fort Knox Five)
Director Of Photography: Christian Begin
Additional cinematography by JMO, Adam MacKay-Smith, Colin Mcgreal & Robin Bell.
Stunt Coordinator and Choreographer Jason Hardabura
Featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Mustafa Akbar, Fort Knox Five, The Now or Never Crew, Hybrid Movement Crew, Nessa V, Jina Anika & Foxy Moron

Filmed on location in Vancouver, BC – New York, NY – Washington, DC

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