Beyonce goes African… again!

No doubt you’ve been following Beyonce’s teasers and the grand finale as she unveiled her video for “Who Run the World (Girls)” from her forthcoming album titled 4.

And no doubt you are all too aware that Beyonce has also recently talked about Fela Kuti as one of her inspirations for her music in 4 and also paid homage to the King of Afrobeat in an editorial for L’Officiel Magazine.



While some have taken to Facebook/Twitter to condemn Beyonce for stealing African moves seen in “Who Run the World (Girls)”, her long time chorepgrapher Frank Gatson Jr. talking about the Francis Lawrence-directed video to MTV sets the record straight and gives credit where it’s due:

“We prepared a lot for it. We had seen something on YouTube; we had seen these three guys from Africa, this Mozambique African dance troupe … we were like, ‘Wow, this is an amazing movement.’ And that movement has always been in the back of our head for the last year. From there, we talked about a lot of concepts.”

Paying homage to the dancers the team enlisted for the choreography of the video, Gatson says, ”We say, ‘Share the light, you sparkle brighter,’ and we share our light with a lot of new, creative people. I feel like we really nailed it and, again, my hats off to the Tofo Tofo guys [from Africa], ’cause none of us could imitate that. We had to bring them around to learn that [move], which is really, really interesting. They had such a great vocabulary of movement.”

“It was hard finding them. They were really in a remote area; we had to get the embassy people involved,” Gatson says of the dancers, “That was a process that took about two months or more. BeyoncĂ© really loved them and I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again. It was magical.”



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