If you watch Kenyan music videos and don’t bother to find out who shot them then I’m sure you are wondering who these people are. However, if you give a hoot, like yours truly, then you are definitely familiar with the three names.
The three; Ricky Bekko, Deska Torres and X Antonio are the brains behind the most viral music videos in Kenya today. Chances are your favorite artist has already worked with any of them or is planning to because, let’s be honest, they are the best in the business.
The truth is that Kenya has no shortage of talented video directors. If you ask anyone who they want to shoot their music videos, you’ll hear names like; J.Blessing, Sammy Dee, Moses Osidiana, Johnson Kyallo, Kevin Bosco Jr. etc. However, this is changing fast because of the new kids on the block.
Other newcomers whose work really stands out include; Mike Lolly P, Nezzoh Montana, Dambiz, VJ One, Trey Juelz, X Benjoes, Joweezy, Ivan Odie etc. However, today we’ll only focus on Ricky Bekko, Deska Torres and X Antonio because we’ve been seeing more videos by them compared to the others.
All the three videographers are talented, no one is denying that. However, we’d like to know who you would pick if you had to settle on one. If you don’t know them, we’ll mention some of their works so that you can compare and contrast every aspect, from the shooting to the editing.
He is the founder of Big Dreams Studios. Some of the videos he has directed include; Ethic’s Position, The Kansoul’s Accelerator, Rawbeena’s Romantic, Femi One’s Hiyo One, Nadia Mukami’s Radio Love, King Kaka’s Kula Vako, most of Kush Tracey’s songs, among others.
He is the co-founder of Platnumz Pictures and arguably one of the best video directors in East and Central Africa. His works include; Ngeta by Arrow Bwoy, Otile Brown’s Dala Dala, Nadia Mukami’s Lola, Alvindo’s Taka Taka & Boychild, Eddie Butita’s Kidesign, Magix Enga’s Some Love, Dom’s Chupa among others.
He is the lad behind International Textures. Some of the videos he has directed include; The Band BeCa’s 1234, Janet Otieno’s Nifunze, The Kansoul’s No Woman No Party, Papa Dennis’ Olalo, Vivian’s Charm, Bahati’s Mapenzi, Elani’s Sirudi, Size 8’s Ni Yesu, Otile Brown’s Baby Love, Chaguo La Moyo, Mapenzi Hisia, Aje Anione among others.
That said, who among the three is the baddest video director according to you? Leave a comment below.
August 7, 2020