Is there a better way to kickstart your Tuesday than checking out a hot off the press video from Lafawndah? Because if there is we’re yet to hear about it. Sharing the video accompaniment to the second cut on her well received ‘Tan’ EP for legendary British imprint Warp Records, the Paris raised, New York based singer has certainly brightened our morning with her clip for ‘Ally’.
Now we could waffle on about just what goes down in the video but seeing as both devised and directed the number, we thought it’d be best if we let Lafawndah reveal what’s going on in her own, inimitable way.
“The smoothing of the six upper teeth takes about 15 minutes,” she explains. “The filing is performed by a dental specialist. Before the ceremony begins, the technician will read spells to ensure that the ceremony runs smoothly.
After the reading of the spells, the technician will inscribe a sigil on the teeth and chest using a ruby ring. This ring is also useful for guarding the ceremony from the attacks. Before the filing of the teeth, her mouth will be first propped open with lumber or sugar cane. She will then rinse her mouth with turmeric water.
When the ceremony has ended, she with the filled teeth bites betel leaf. The saliva is collected on an ivory coconut. The ritual ends with a sprinkle of purified water.
The ceremony itself is expensive. Therefore, it is usually done en mass and in the summer.
Each of the six teeth corresponds to six human attributes that are considered to be those that humans inherited from animals. The teeth are filled in order to harness these powers. They are: kama (desire); loba (ambition); krodha (righteousness); mada (wildness); moha (cunning); matsarya (justice).”
In the immortal words of Captain Jack Sparrow, you savvy? No? Well then allow Lafawndah’s video below to fill in the blanks.