Video Review: Ed Sheeran "Bibia Be Ye Ye"

Starting in black-and-fade then gradually turning color, the sun sets over the ocean in Ghana. A car rides with the song’s title painted on its back window in the early morning. A multi-colored lighthouse stands by the beach. In a lakefront neighborhood, the houses face the ocean. A young man stares out the window of the taxi.

A man opens the door and walks outside. He grabs a shirt off the clothesline and puts it over his shoulder. Another man sands a stand. A woman stirs some food in a bowl. A mother chases her five-year-old son on the muddy road. Two friends sitting outside their home laugh.

Underneath the sunset, a man dances on a bridge. Outside, a man mashes some liquid with a stick while a woman mixes it. Traffic passes by the markets. People ride the taxi into the city. A man holds a mask over his face. Another man jingles change in his hand.

In the market, a man puts some peanuts in a plastic bag. A woman dances by some street art. Several people wave money at a woman selling food at her booth. A third man displays his painting while a young man walks next to the parked cars. A second young man smiles as he looks up from the newspaper. Ed Sheeran walks through the city with the Gyo Gyimah. Chickens dash across the middle of the market.

Two men steer a kayak in the ocean. Another group of men box in the street. Kids play basketball. A woman waits for her food while the vendor packages it. A boy waits by his school. In black-and-white, Sheeran watches the boats sail on the ocean.

Rating: 5/5

The tour of Ghana begins as young man heads out of his home in one the villages. Without a car, he walks to his job. Women cook their meals by the side of their houses. Trees hang over the houses. Closer to the water, the homes are spaced apart and have at least a second floor.

Traffic remains light on the expressway. However, the markets are packed with people buying food. In part of Ghana, skyscrapers line the city with various buildings. Ed Sheeran and director Gyo Gyimah visit the marina.

The thorough exploration provides an informed point of view of the country. Although the country is modernized in the wealthier areas, the markets thrive and people take cabs whereever they need to go. Males make up a majority of the population. The men both work and have leisure time to spend in the city. Gender roles are fluid for women. Some cook in the villages and while others sell in the market.

Director: Gyo Gyimah Year: 2017

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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