Deep Forest - Deep Forest
As mentioned in Steven Feld’s article “PygmyPOP,” this is one of Deep Forest’s tracks that obtained the audio of a tune by a native South American musician from an ethnographic sampler CD and recast it in the light of African ‘tribal’ culture. The beginning of the video itself, as well as the imagery, presents a horribly trite - and obviously false - pastiche of African culture. It’s immediacy and integrity almost call themselves into question upon first viewing, yet Deep Forest maintains they’ve done nothing wrong, and the group had quite a following through the 90’s.
Feld’s article also goes into detail about the distribution of donation money, which was entirely allocated to a group that did work in Africa, but to his knowledge, Deep Forest never lined up donations for people of South America, a simple but effective metaphor for the socio-cultural damage the track had done. And yet, by all other considerations, Deep Forest is completely in the clear, right?