Hey Papa Legend launched over eleven years ago with only a dream and an inflatable South Park themed couch in the waiting room. But they’ve come a long way since reclining on Cartman, like winning the One Show Best in Radio for ‘A War of Words’ (a first for South Africa). But honestly, talking to the brothers, Ross and Myles, about all their award-wins is like pulling hen’s teeth, especially dealing with Ross saying things like ‘You can’t talk about that stuff without sounding obnoxious.’ 🙄 But luckily Google doesn’t mind sounding like that and damn, to go from being just composers with classical training and degrees in music, to now being a multi-award-winning audio company (including a 1st and 3rd place in the recent Creative Circle Ad of the Year awards), is seriously impressive!
iDidTht: Your recent collaboration with musician and artist Blitz the Ambassador on his directorial debut; ‘The Burial of Kojo’, saw The New York Times calling it ‘a near-virtuoso work, a feast of emotion, nuance and beauty…’ Congrats you clever nuanced people you! How did this colab come about?
Ross: I had played the trombone for Blitz the Ambassador’s band in various shows of his around Africa and he was really somebody that we wanted to work with because he was so creative and driven. Usually, the way that a feature film works is that there are all these layered jobs in sound – so you’ll have your dialogue editor, your final mixer, one guy who just works on atmosphere, a Foley artist etc, but we did all of it. At times it was a challenge but it really paid off in the end.
The ‘Burial of Kojo’ is a story of a father who is haunted by his past and his daughter who is haunted by the future that awaits them. The drama is set in Ghana and can be streamed on Netflix in selected countries. But, wait for it, not in South Africa! We know, it’s ridiculous! But gang, it is available on Vimeo on Demand so please make a plan, you won’t regret it.