The Rwandan-born Dancer Behind Childish Gambino’s Viral Video

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A Rwandan-born performer was responsible for the choreography of Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, symbol-laden music video called This is America.

Sherrie Silver, 23, was approached by Mr Glover’s team after they saw her dance videos online.

“They saw one particular move that they liked, Gwara Gwara from South Africa, which we did in the video and also on SNL,” she told Interview Magazine.

“I came up with different steps, taught the school kids and the choir, and helped Donald with his solos,” she said.

Silver, who also dances in the video, grew up in Rwanda until the age of 5, when she moved to the UK, before returning to the African country.

She told Complex magazine that she incorporated a number of dances from Africa into the music video, including Nigeria’s Shaku Shaku and Ghana’s Alkayida.

“We tried to show what’s actually happening in the world. Not just in America, but in the world,” Ms Silver told Complex.

The video is a comment on the state of US today.

“We also wanted to bring joy to it, in the middle of madness. That’s what kids do and that’s what dance does, especially African dance.”

 

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