Ar Don Go is a stop-motion video made by Sierra Leonean inventor/rapper Dr. Moinina David Sengeh and New York sculptor Joey Foster Ellis.
Ar Don Go means ‘I have gone’ in Krio. The song highlights themes like ‘progress, upward mobility, youthfulness and global travel, cemented in the notion “home is where the heart is”.’
The track was released on January 21 and the collab is international to its core: the beat was produced by Ghanaian producer Brainy Beatz, then mastered by MIT Media Lab’s music technologist Ben Bloomberg whilst the music was written and recorded by Sengeh and his wife Kate Krontiris (aka K2). Ellis’ stop-motion takes you on a global trip across various cultures with its many references.
David elaborated on the experience of working with Joey on the track: ‘Ellis was always in a different country for every meeting. He had to learn lots of Sierra Leonean Krio to understand the track and he always asked the best questions.’
Ellis had his own take on the track:
‘This is a Sierra Leonean rap video filmed in Kathmandu made by an Upstate New Yorker. It’s not about race and it’s not about looks.’
Let’s see what they come up with next!