Meet Bryan K's heavy machine

HARARE - Rising artiste Bryan K’s anointed African queen — South African model Onalerona Mohube — really fits the bill.

Mohube, who acted as the “true African queen” on Bryan K’s just-released video is indeed a “heavy machine” who is not shy to admit it.

“I am a heavy machine! I think it’s more about my brand as a model and the talent I hold, so I believe that my work spoke for itself. I consider myself an ideal African queen,” Mohube told the Daily News on Sunday.

Mohubi, who was born in Mahikeng (formerly and still commonly known as Mafikeng), is confident that the Heavy Machine video will propel Bryan K to the top.

“Just being selected to work with Bryan was more of an honour as he is the current vibe and upcoming future music guru on our continent. I was taken; it was too overwhelming. Working with Bryan K was amazing. I believe in him so much, he will ultimately make it big. It wasn’t hard working with him as he knows what he wants, and is so passionate about his career. He has a very bubbly persona and therefore everything was just a gracious walk in the park,” she said.

Just before the shooting of the Heavy Machine video in Durban, South Africa, Bryan K’s manager, Walter Wanyanya, tasked South Africa-based entertainment journalist Fungayi Kanyuchi to identify “an archetypal African queen.”

Kanyuchi, the former editor of Y Mag and Hype magazines in South Africa, duly delivered the beautiful Mohube.

“Heavy Machine is a song that celebrates the African woman who has natural beauty that does not need to be compromised; an intelligent woman who not only supports her man but is a true African queen to whoever values her. Onalerona Mohube was the perfect fit,” Wanyanya told the Daily News on Sunday.

Heavy Machine director, South African Glaston Anthony, who was part of the team that produced Flavour’s Ikwokrikwo and Mystro’s Ojoro, is equally upbeat about Bryan K.

“When Africa gets a glimpse of Bryan K they will fall in love not only with the video but also with the talent that Bryan K has to offer. The very first thing Bryan said to me before we started rolling the camera was ‘I have faith that you will give it everything you got, just tell me what and how you need me to do it and it will be done.’ This gave me space as a director to explore as much creativity as possible,” said Anthony.

The highly-rated video director, who also did videos for Zambian Big Brother artiste Ice Queen and South African Idols star Kyle Deutsch, revealed that he did his best to ensure that public display of affection scenes on the video didn’t make it unsuitable for family viewing.

“The sunrise shots were intended to have a sunset feel. Since the video was shot in Durban which is an east coast city of sunrise, we would have to manipulate the video in the grading and colour correction post-production process to make it appear as sunset.

“This low light effect was intended to tickle the viewers’ imagination on the possible romance expressed that day. The good news is that we had good intentions in mind as everything was kept clean for family viewing,” said Anthony.

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