SWIDT have released their latest track 'BUNGA' along with this powerful music video starring Chris Alosio. We asked SWIDT member Spycc Latu about the concept of the video & why they wanted to speak on this.
"The visual concept for BUNGA is an intimate portrayal of a narrative that addresses New Zealand's’ insecurities towards Pacific communities.
We wanted to bring to the forefront the core values that our people have upheld since arriving in NZ to support the economic crisis of the early 1960s - that family and community is paramount. In 2019 with young Pacific leaders emerging across all sectors, Chris Alosio (who plays Spycc) confronts NZ with a delivery straight down the barrel of the camera.
The video was shot in affluent Herne Bay, Auckland in the only Pacific owned home on the street, which is occupied by a Tongan family who have lived there for four generations. During the Dawn Raids in the mid 70s family groups would hide out in the bedrooms of this home. Let’s remember that the NZ government welcomed these people with open arms only to evict them once they served ’their purpose’. This narrative is about strength in identity and knowing who we are."