Seinabo Sey returned to the fold musically this year when she released singles “I Owe You Nothing” & “Remember” with Jacob Banks, getting fans excited that this would be the year of a follow up to 2015’s acclaimed Pretend. Today, we’re treated to more glorious music from the Swedish-Gambian singer and just like the former two singles, it comes with a visual pairing that tells a powerful story of its own.
Celebrated for her ability to writes pop songs about understanding identity, her latest track “Breathe” is no exception. A rousing, orchestral string-backed song matched virtuously with gospel choir backing vocals while Sey’s vocal grandeur bring home the powerful messages of self-love and self-acceptance. She wrote this piece while on a trip to Dakar, as she felt true comfort in a land that was not even her own.
Such a powerful song truly deserves a powerful visual piece. Filmed in her father’s homeland Gambia, and directed by Sheila Johansson and NewLand, she enlists the help of three childhood friends and their daughters adorning beautiful dresses to paint a sadly short but vivid picture of strength, comfort and freedom. It also features them holding a poster of the famous Kwame Nkrumah quote, “Forward Ever, Backwards Never”.
Watch the short clip below: