Pomp and ceremony are brought into the new music video through the WANDA/HAMLET collaboration
Internationally acclaimed Belgian Singer/songwriter and musician Stromae has released song and music video ‘Fils de Joie’ - meaning ‘Sons of Joy’ - from his latest album Multitude – a song dedicated to sex workers and their children.
Directed by Henry Scholfield in a WANDA/HAMLET collaboration, the new music video takes place in an imaginary country, and showcases the glorious state funeral of a national hero, a courtesan, with Stromae saluting the regiments and leading the ceremony.
Framed with neat arial shots and choreographed displays, Scholfield deftly captures all the pomp and ceremony of a state funeral, complete with the grand palatial setting adorned with public crowds and elements of military tradition.
"Fils de joie", the fourth track on Multitude, deals with the subject of prostitution through the prism of various characters. The song first takes the point of view of a client, then that of a manager of prostitution networks and finally that of a policeman, rather saddened by the situation. In the chorus, the Belgian puts himself in the shoes of a child of a prostitute supporting his mother and pleading for greater recognition and visibility.