Modern Griots: Blitz the Ambassador and Terence Nance


The pairing of rapper Blitz the Ambassador and director Terence Nance for the short film for Blitz’s album Native Sun is a coming together of two visionary minds. Ghana-born musician, Blitz the Ambassador, first gained attention with his album, Stereotype, which featured the startling image of a radio man shooting himself in the head on the cover. He also released two other albums, Soul Rebel and Double Consciousness as well as a mixtape, On My Mixtape Shit, which included an introduction from Public Enemy’s Chuck D and songs like, “Memory Lane,” “Hands of Time,” “Revival” and “Aluta.” Growing up, Blitz was influenced by a number of American artists and combined them a variety of African influences in his music in order to create a pan-African dialogue about our histories.

“Aluta”

“Remember the Future” from Stereotype

Terence Nance’s credits are just as impressive. As Blitz the Ambassador, he works with the multimedia collective, MVMT, and has worked on a number of film projects. The first project I came across was How Would You Feel, which Nance plans to release as a feature film. He has directed for several music artists, like Pharaohe Monche (“Clap“) and of course, Blitz the Ambassador (“Something to Believe, ” and “Native Sun”). Nance’s films tend to give a different look at the African Diaspora, such as in Native Sun, which portrays the young Ghanian boy, Mumin who is in search of his father after his mother dies. His latest work is An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which he is raising funds for now.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty teaser

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