In a unique tribute to the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Ghanaian rapper Kwesi Arthur has released a music video for his new single Pain Interlude. The song, which has been receiving widespread airplay since its release, is accompanied by a cinematic black and white video that takes viewers back to 1995.
In the video, Kwesi portrays a boxer who is preparing for an important fight, with his anxious pregnant partner cheering him on in the background. After being knocked down, he manages to get back up and eventually wins the fight, highlighting the message of the song that "class clowns get the last laugh" and "it pains those who said I couldn't do it".
What sets this video apart is the rapper's attempt to channel Muhammad Ali's mannerisms and interactions with the press. Kwesi's portrayal of Ali brings the message of the video to life, highlighting the pain that comes not at the interlude, but at the end. The choice to feature Ali in the video is fitting, as he was known for his forthrightness in sharing his thoughts, and his influence on the sport of boxing is still felt today.
The video was directed by Kwame Koda, and the choice of a historical figure like Ali, along with the cinematic lighting and set design, takes viewers on a journey through time, adding a layer of depth to the already powerful message of the song.
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