SAMAs give Kyle Lewis the perfect birthday present

After winning Best Music Video at last year's South African Music Awards (SAMAs), Arcade Content's Kyle Lewis is again one of the five nominees for this year's prize. He's up for In Defence of My Art, Tumi's music video featuring Reason and Ziyon.

"They announced the nominees on my birthday yesterday, so it was a great present," laughs Kyle.

Filmed in black and white by DOP Roscoe Vercueil, In Defence Of My Art uses heavily symbolic, very African imagery to position Tumi as an emperor ready to defend his legacy. Grant McDonald was the production designer; Kaley Meyer did the styling, makeup and hair; and Cathy Michel was the editor.

Kyle also directed Khuli Chana's recent 9 Shots music video, about his emotional journey after being shot by police in an unfortunate case of mistaken identity in 2013.

To view Kyle's reel, which includes videos for The Parlotones, Toya Delazy, Spoek Mathambo and Haezer, visit

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