DL Boi music video from Umlilo and Whyt Lyon celebrates homo-erotica
The DL Boi music video is a fierce expression celebrating homo-erotica in South Africa.
In terms of progressive countries, South Africa is no Amsterdam.
Queer expression is a topic seldom explored or represented in main-stream South African culture, but avant-garde artists Umlilo and Whyt Lyon are aiming to change that.
Umlilo and Whyt Lyon (from the queer rap group Stash Crew) joined forces to break social norms and inject it with their catchy, homo-erotica dance track-“DL Boi.”
The duo collaborated with the cream of the crop regarding queer talent in Johannesburg to bring forth a dance music video extravaganza.
The crowd-funded music video for DL Boi is written, performed and produced by Umilo and Whyt Lyon and directed by Jono Kay.
DL Boi goes up high!
The video features a host of international performers choreographed by Llewellyn Lulubelle Mnguni and Henk Opperman.
International stylist/designer Caroline Olavarrieta added an eclectic fashion twist to the video with Orli Oh Meiri and Dylosaurus_Rex’s make-up expertise.
The video is shot in an 80’s/90’s ballroom style and follows DL Boi pursuit of a seductress at a queer ball.
DL Boi refers to ‘down low brother,’ when a closeted gay man frequents queer spaces in order to hook up with fellow queers.
“It’s an exploration of the many complexities of being queer in the South Africa and the world. You getting small glimpse of the world we inhabit as queer people in all its wonder, beauty and glory. The reality is it is often difficult for queer people to express themselves in many parts of the world which feeds into a repressive and toxic patriarchal world,” said Umlilo and Whyt Lyon. “We sometimes have to hide a real part of ourselves because of lack of acceptance from society and the fear and violence on queer bodies. This video celebrates the beauty of queer bodies; expression of desire and most importantly consent.”
Watch Umlilo and WHyt Lyon’s DL Boi music video here.