Drummer Warrior Storyteller

Apex Zero's ‘Drummer Warrior Storyteller’ is a multi-layered visual album aspiring to encapsulate Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s perception of storytelling. While the Drummer calls and gathers the people and the Warrior fights the war, the Storyteller recounts the events, creating history, embodying the memory of those who survive. The project incorporates music, film, dance, photography, painting and immersive listening experiences that engage audiences through multiple mediums.

This film is the first of two parts, which aim to explore and express personal and shared experiences of African Caribbean people in London and beyond. Written, choreographed, performed and filmed with an individual and collective methodology, experimenting with linear and non-linear storytelling and multiple temporal and dimensional perceptions, the first film focuses on confronting violence, processing trauma and the relentless need for self-defence, whilst the second will explore joy, growth the revolutionary act of living life.

The visual album can be experienced as its individual components, but when possible will be installed in its entirety as an installation exhibition with live performances, which will continue to grow as second film is completed.

  • Apex Zero
    Director
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  • Donnie Sunshine
    Director
  • Ricky Rxse
    Director
  • Jimmy Chiba
    Director
  • Muti Musafiri
    Director
  • Apex Zero
    Writer
  • Theo 'Godson' Oloyade
    Writer
  • Muti Musafiri
    Writer
  • Steph Be
    Producer
  • Theo 'Godson' Oloyade
    Key Cast
  • Alethia Antonia
    Key Cast
  • FUBUNATION
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Visual album, Dance, Hip Hop, Drama
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    17,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Breakin' Convention Festival 2021, Sadler's Wells
    London
    United Kingdom
    July 2, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Drummer Warrior Storyteller: Exhibition, The Hackney Social
    London
    United Kingdom
    August 22, 2021
    World Premiere of Exhibition Installation
Director Biography - Apex Zero, Donnie Sunshine, Ricky Rxse, Jimmy Chiba, Muti Musafiri

Apex Zero is a multi-disciplinary artist, creating as an emcee, beat maker, filmmaker, photographer and writer. Born and raised in West London with African and Grenadian roots, Apex is a powerful lyricist and cinematic storyteller with an insightful mind and eye, an unmatchable flow, atmospheric sound and ability to bring people together to create multi-layered experiences and provoke change.

Apex built his reputation as on the underground London Hip Hop scene, performing on the live scene alongside the city's finest emcees and DJs. After the release and critical acclaim of his debut solo album "Reality Provoking Liberation", Apex toured around the UK and Europe, hosted Reggae, DnB, Jungle and Bass music events with veteran underground DJ Steaz, became involved with world renowned digital production house GlobalFaction and helped to establish independent publication I Am Hip-Hop Magazine, expressing his views on Hip Hop and its connection to society through journalism, film and photography.

Aiming to broaden his horizons, Apex relocated to Beijing in 2014, performing at events around China and became the resident emcee for The Syndicate, Beijing's leading Bass music crew. Since returning to London with his reputation growing, Apex tours extensively, performing at festivals and events around the world, works with internationally acclaimed artists and is an organiser of End of the Weak England and End of the Weak China.

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