A Shred of Identity (2009) – music for a film poem by Nana Oforiatta-Ayim

Shred of Identity

I was asked by director Nana Oforiatta-Ayim to provide music for her film poem A Shred of Identity, using a text by author Dambudzo Marechera and spoken by actor Christopher Simpson. The brief was for “something futuristic and African, minimal and torn”.

A Shred of Identity on Vimeo

A more complete and fuller version of the piece appears on my album Shimmer & Bloom, titled Shred.

“Based on the poem ‘A Shred of Identity’ by Zimbabwean novelist and poet Dambudzo Marechera, this film explores the notion of a double identity in two ways: the split between the self can be interpreted as a product of colonialism, migration and displacement, where the mother tongue mutates into a foreign language. Double consciousness, however, is also at the heart of the creative act; artistic practice could be seen as a constant exploration of the tension between inner and outer self.”


Writer/Director: Nana Oforiatta Ayim

Assistant Director: Chino Moya

Producer: Melissa Jones

Cinematographer: Sam Jones

Editor: Herbert Hunger

Set Designer: Fiametta Horvat

Music: Ilpo Jauhiainen



Chuka Okonkwo

Dubem Okonkwo

Eloise Fornieles

David Birkin

Sophie Hunter

Patrick Kennedy

Zulfiquar Rahman

Yves Ngoy

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