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New York Ballroom Culture Takes Center Stage in Qween Beat's KIKI Music Video


Since 1990, Paris is Burning has been the pillar for documenting New York's LGBTQ ballroom scene, providing an intimate glimpse into the cut-throat, colorful world of Vogueing. Now, Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö has directed an update about the community, working with queer activist Twiggy Pucci Garçon to create KIKI, a doc highlighting key players of color in contemporary ball culture. 

Ahead of its U.S. theater release February 24, Jordenö has shared a music video for the film's theme song, "KIKI," composed by Divoli S'vere of queer ballroom collective Qween Beat. The video is a montage of clips from the Sundance-selected doc, featuring performers duck-walking and death-dropping in DIY looks as packed crowds scream in response. S'vere's sharp production and pithy vocals are the perfect complement—an authentic expression of cunt femininity and power. 

Related | 25 Important Life Lessons from Paris Is Burning

"The LGBTQ community as a whole is the most entertaining and creative community full of gender-bending sounds, visual arts and concepts," S'vere told THUMP. "I took that expression and combined it with my raw 'Severe' sound to come up with the theme that would embody what the KIKI film and what having an actual Kiki is all about."

Watch "KIKI," below, and learn more about the forthcoming doc, here

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