Directed by the talented Hiro Murai, Michael Kiwanuka’s “Black Man In A White World” is our video of the week. The visuals carry a nice momentum right from the start, buoyed by the rather outstanding song, which itself seems inspired, at least in part, by the percussive afrobeat sounds of Fela Kuti.

The central imagery of a man floating above the world, safe from the troubles down below, strikes a very personal chord with me as a person of colour. Although I’ve thankfully not had to face the kind of violence that clearly inspired this piece, I can’t count the number of times that I’ve had to confront the bias, prejudice and ignorance of those who simply can’t see beyond a person’s skin colour. In moments like these, I’ve often wished that I could just fly away, and be as far from it all as possible. I’ve wished that I could be the man floating above, safe from the troubles down below.

So yes, they’re clearly on to something here. Something real. Dillon M. Banda