Over the weekend, Akua Naru dropped the music video for “My Mother’s Daughter” and to be honest, I am obsessed!
My “Mother’s Daughter” is the first single off her upcoming album The Blackest Joy. The Blackest Joy is set to be released in the Spring of 2018. “My Mother’s daughter” is a brilliant portrayal of black womanhood, sisterhood, West African lineage and spirituality. The song in typical Naru style is an effortless blend of soul, jazz, and hip-hop. The song’s West African influence is very apparent. as the introduction and vocals are completely sung in Mina, a local language in Togo. Akua Naru pays homage to black womanhood throughout the video. The music video was filmed in Lomé, Togo, West Africa and was directed by Hamburg based artist Joachim Zunke.
The video starts off approaching land from water. We see a woman in white by the sea, presumably Yemoja (the Yoruba Goddess of water) dancing to rejoice the return of a daughter. Akua Naru takes us through several scenes celebrating and honoring black women, black love, and black children. At the end, however, a sense of concern washes over the water spirit’s face. We subsequently see Akua drowning in the sea. Don’t worry! What looks like the water spirit we saw earlier in the video saves her.
The cinematography of the music video is striking! You can see the story behind the visuals without the visuals being too literal. The music video corresponds perfectly to the message of the lyrics, further adding to my experience. Even though videos drawing inspiration from African aesthetics can often feel forced, this doesn’t feel contrived at all. If you ever forget who you belong to, just watch this video and I’m sure you will be reminded of whose daughter you are.
Watch the video below and stream the song here