Ivy Sole + B4Bonah – Taken | Music Video
25-year old US rapper-singer Ivy Sole is tapping into her African heritage for the new music video for her latest offering “Taken” featuring Ghanaian artist B4Bonah, which is taken from her full-length debut project OVERGROWN.
The track explores a love that has to come to an end, before it has even started. As the chorus says, “why you gotta be so taken?“, Ivy Sole is waxing lyrical about growing an interest in someone that is taken, and the heartbreak that opens up on “Taken” – it’s a tale of desire and distance it would seem.
The video for “Taken”, which was shot in Ghana and directed by Dave Duncan, sees Ivy Sole exploring a different kind of love and loss, as she soaks in the rich culture and history of her ancestors across the Cape Coast and Accra, before some of them were stolen from their country to be slaves in America.
Speaking about how the record came about, Ivy Sole says, “I wanted to visit West Africa as a pilgrimage of sorts. I think many Black Americans and Black Caribbean folks have a yearning to go to where our families started, but we don’t have a specific place to return to because that history was stolen.
I consider myself blessed to have loved ones who have ties and are willing to share their homes with me; my manager (who produced the beat and the video) made it a priority to help me get to Ghana, collaborate with Bonah and accomplish the goal of creating more music and this video while we were there.
B4Bonah is one of my favorite Afrobeat artists and being able to shoot this video in Tema and Cape Coast made the trip extra special. It was heavy to be standing in a place where such terror took place, but I think my ancestors would be proud of my path back and my path forward“.
Watch the video for “Taken” below.