Sun Moon Child: In What Destiny Do You Believe?

Posted on August 7, 2011 by


By Bro. Mxolisi

Pierre Bennu, cinematic-video scientist

This is one of the baddest, most penetrating, captivating videos ever made. It grew through the Kuumba (creativity) of Bro. Pierre Bennu rising up through the ashes of forces that would have had him believe that he didn’t have it in him, that it is impossible to “see musically and listen visually,” as he says, to get to a sacred space of recognition and respect for “the power of the connection between music and film.” But he did it.

He recognized and tapped into the common sacred energy seeking unfettered expression in and through the artists appearing in the video, and found the way to let it flow as it should – as a synchronized choreography flowing from the energy of the message that the sacred energy of the universe wants us all to comprehend fully, respect deeply, and express unceasingly. Bro. Bennu calls this work a “digital altar piece.” 

The message that the sacred energy wants us to comprehend, I believe, is profoundly expressed in Ayi Kwei Armah’s book, “2000 Seasons”: “. . . there is a great force in the world, a force spiritual and able to shape the physical universe, but . . . that force is not something cut off, not something separate from ourselves. It is an energy in us, strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments.”

Of course, it took Imani Uzuri being sensitive and receptive to that great force, its voice  whispering to her – “I believe in your destiny” – as she was doing a walking

Imani Uzuri, Sun Moon Child personified

meditation one breezy sunset evening in Northern California that allowed this “Sun Moon Child” to have birth through her; and, in turn, this video to come forth through Bro. Pierre. Of Sister Imani’s powerful vocal expressions, one writer says it is like, “A sound between weeping and wailing, soul crying, rhapsodizing, retuning fire. Put your hand where it hurts and this sound may heal you.” (Greg Tate).  Read and reflect on the words of the song that grew from that Northern California communion, and hear and feel that connection for yourself!


by Imani Uzuri

“Sun Moon Child—-Speak to me

Sun Moon Child—— I believe in your destiny.

When the moon touches the ocean / When the clouds began to be born

When the night falls all over me / I know I’m not alone…….

Sun Moon Child—Speak to me

Sun Moon Child—– I believe in your destiny

When the universe whispers a warning / When it calls my name aloud

I feel connected — and know that all is one / I fly towards the sun…….

When the clouds in the sky cries tears for an answer why……… I know life is yet still alive

When the clouds in the sky cries tears for an answer why……. I know life is yet still alive….

Sun Moon Child—–Speak to me

Sun Moon Child—— I believe in your destiny”


It is said that the video was created to honor and highlight connections between various forms of dance through history, with a focus on Black American tradition and connections. To a large extent, this is so. But in a larger sense the video serves as a call to all of us to be sensitive and receptive to the voice of the great force, as it seeks to get us to realize, cherish, cultivate and activate the modes by which we are able to realize our one-ness with IT and become, unfetteredly, that One-ness in word and deed. Non-dancing, Young-Gifted-and-Black-singing Nina Simone is a case in point. Likewise, Marvin Gaye, singing the national anthem at the 1983 NBA all star game; incomparable. Likewise, royalty, warriors, scholars, plain folks: We all need to find our gifts and give them to each other with purpose; sacred, uplifting, liberating purpose — like we truly believe in our destiny. That is the only work of worth, surrounded as we are by death’s tinsel. Ankh, Udja, Seneb!!!

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