Vybz Kartel – “Beautiful Girl” [Unofficial Video]
July 29th, 2014
While making a documentary on The Gully Queens of New Kingston, a growing community of gay and transgender youth living in the Jamaican capital’s storm drain system on Trafalgar Road, we met people that had been driven below the depths of the city by desperation. This unique community has found solace in the lyrics of street life and struggle of the recently incarcerated singer Vybz Kartel, a national hero of sorts and considered “The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto” by many.
Watch Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens (Full Length) on VICE News: http://youtu.be/ILXVpFQVEbw
This was the perfect opportunity for us to come together and make a somewhat surreal video for their favorite artist, with its challenges along the way…
Electric shocks and twerking came hand in hand. With our generator and lights teetering over the water of the gully and each gully queen dancing harder than the last, it was a dangerous but powerful shoot (and luckily no one got fried).
Kartel was unable to sign off on this video as an official promo, but we licensed the song and are putting it out there to show people a rarely seen side of one of our favorite places in the world.
Directed and Produced by Andy Capper and Adri Murguia
Editor: Matt Kitchin
Co-Producer: Christo Geoghegan
Associate Producers: Adam Lilley & Scott Pierce
Second Camera: Sam Sapin