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Tales for the Heads

‘Tales for the heads’ is a documentary that chronicles the making of the game-changing ‘Heads and Tales’ album, the musical debut of South African rapper Linda 'ProKid’ Mkhize. This musical masterpiece, released in 2005 is the most iconic Hip Hop album ever to come out of South Africa and is considered a cultural cornerstone. This series follows the story of the unique partnership between South African rapper 'ProKid’ and American entrepreneur and artist manager, Sydney 'Sydmoney' Hall as they gave rise to a new era in SA Hip Hop.

‘Tales for the Heads’ brings together the architects and talking heads of the era to tell the untold stories of the making of this groundbreaking project.

This is ‘Tales for the heads’.

  • Sydney Hall
  • Sydney Barksdale Hall
  • Sydney Barksdale Hall
  • Keneilwe Mohapi
  • David Belshar
    Associate Producers
  • Simphiwe Nkosi
    Associate Producers
  • Lisa Phendla
    Associate Producers
  • Lonwabo Nyhonhya
    Music directors
  • Sydney Barksdale Hall
    Music directors
  • Sydney Barksdale Hall
    Key cast
  • Linda 'ProKid' Mkhize
    Key cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    140,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    ProRes 422 - Sony FS7
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Director Biography - Sydney Hall

Sydney Hall is an American Filmmaker, actor and entrepreneur.
Hall completed his schooling at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1991. He subsequently attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he obtained a BA with the highest honors in his department. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
In 1994, Hall travelled to Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Step Afrika! stepping dance troupe of fraternity brothers.
He lived in South Africa for several years, working as a model and actor. He also owned a nightclub there. Sydney went on to collaborate with South African rapper Linda 'ProKid' Mkhize to create the iconic 'Heads and Tales' album in 2005 as well as his sophomore project ' DNA'.

Singlehandedly these projects were deemed to have changed the landscape of South African Hip Hop.

He played the character of Dr CL Funk in a series of retro television commercials commencing in 2002 for the Chicken Licken fast-food restaurant chain, which won awards in advertising around the world. Dr CL Funk became one of the most recognizable characters in South Africa.


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Director Statement

We want to tell amazing stories. We want to give the world a glimpse of the magic that still exists out there.