The Year of Germany in Mexico presents its official video, an artistic, creative co‑production between the two countries. The performers include not only two folk dance groups but also famous musicians of the calibre of Wolfgang Flür, former member of the band Kraftwerk, and Bostich + Fussible, members of the Mexican electronica ensemble Nortec Collective.
Electronic folk dance
In 2014, Flür and Nortec pooled their talents to create “Moda Mákina” (Fashion Machine), which features on the Mexican collective’s latest album, entitled “Motel Baja”. Two years on, they have come together again in an exclusive collaboration for the film for the Year of Germany in Mexico, providing the music for the two folk dance groups: “Kraftwerk were our pillar in electronic music. We’ve read their book ”I was a Robot“ and feel that the lyrics of ”Moda Mákina“ reflect passages from this book, but in the Tijuana version,” says Pepe Mogt, known as Fussible and a member of Nortec.
Choreographic duel across borders
The video was produced by Andrew Donaldson and Plural Films. It was directed by British director Gregory Allen, who filmed the dancers at various locations in the Mexican capital, including the centre of Tlalpan, the Centro de Cultura Digital and the Pabellón Alemán, the centre stage of the Year of Germany in Mexico. Allen said that he had chosen timeless locations to create a kind of humorous choreographic duel across borders, combining the traditional Schuhplattler dance of the Bavarian traditional costume association in Isargau with the Danza de los Viejitos, a typical dance of the state of Michoacán, in a performance by pupils from the Escuela del Ballet Folclórico de México.
Vocoder effect reloaded
To achieve this, the director filmed the Bavarian dancers in a green box in Munich and then “transported” them with the aid of technology to the Mexican video locations. What is more, in the official video of the Year of Germany in Mexico, Wolfgang Flür can be seen singing several parts of the song “Moda Mákina” with the vocoder effect, which was characteristic for Kraftwerk as a pioneer of electronic music and multimedia effects in concerts and videos. Flür translated the text of “Moda Mákina” from the original English into German for this video.
According to Gregory Allen, Wolfgang Flür and Bostich + Fussible created the remix in record time. He also said that the German musician and author really did everything he could for the project, not only translating the song from English to Spanish but also in the filming for the video.
Facebook chat on 6 August
On Saturday, 6 August, a live chat will take place on the Year of Germany Facebook page, giving followers of the Year of Germany in Mexico the opportunity to ask the Nortec Collective musicians Bostich + Fussible questions which they can then answer live via Facebook.
Text: Year of Germany in Mexico team