Kimala Bennett- Making strides in a male dominated field


By: Joseph Cunningham

Kimala_Bennett2+.jpgMajor accomplishments for the 24 year-old, Kimala Bennett, has already placed her among the most recognized music directors in the Reggae industry; an arena dominated by men. She brings freshness to your screens, a freshness brought about by her creativity. Recent videos such as Cherine Anderson's "Good Love" and her collaboration with Chuck Fenda, "Coming over tonight" are videos directed by Bennett.

The daughter to internationally renown music producer Mikey Bennett, Kimala has worked alongside famed video directors and was sent to the Czech Republic to do a documentary on the famed Hype Williams, while he directed Kanye West's "Diamonds are Forever" video.

Working on a documentary about Baby Cham at the request of Atlantic Records; and the making of his MTV2 featured video, "Ghetto Story," that was done with Alicia Keys, were also big achievements.

Kimala Bennett2#.jpgKimala has recently finished her degree in Psychology with a minor in film studies at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and is now aiming to be one of the best directors in the film fraternity. She got her first taste of directing music videos upon returning to Jamaica to do a documentary on Nanny of the Maroons, that was funded through the summer research scholarship at Mount Holyoke College. "After completing the documentary I thought it would have been a good opportunity to utilize my skills to direct a music video for my brother Nicky B. The video was an instant hit with the teenage audience in Jamaica and launched Nicky B's career in a serious way," Kimala stated.

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Kimala interned at HSI Productions, one of the leading Music Video and Advertising companies in Los Angeles, where she had the opportunity to work with the likes of Paul Huter, Little X and Chris Robinson. Having worked with some of the big guns in the business, Kimala said, "That was when I realised that I still had a lot to learn, but also realised that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."

Her approach is to be creative whilst keeping in touch with reality and she revealed that whenever making a music video, documentary or any other video production, her motto is, "That it has to be believable."

Kimala is presently presently gearing-up to be on set with Hype Williams in South Africa next year for his second feature film.