OSHUN Celebrate African Roots For A Striking Visual Homage To Heartbreak (Video)
Brooklyn, New York duo OSHUN are as innovative as they are familiar. Comprised of Niambi Sala and Thandiwe, the Neo-Soul-based Hip-Hop emanating from the pair will likely remind Heads of Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Floetry, Les Nubians, and even A Tribe Called Quest. However, OSHUN’s output is more infectious than it is referential. Critically acclaimed performances at SXSW and online streams of their music reaching into the millions are some of the aspects of their burgeoning career that has got the attention of many, but as with any emergent talent, it’s the music itself that does the speaking for itself.
In the case of their recently released “Sango,” OSHUN’s deeply rooted point of view comes across beautifully in video form. Tears of blood being wept on the seashore strewn with broken glass, an endlessly running kitchen faucet in a sink filled with dirty dishes, and homemade shrines to African deities are visual cues that speak to OSHUN’s artistic perspective. The duo’s name pays homage to the Yoruba deity of fresh waters that governs over love, diplomacy, wealth, intimacy, and beauty and “Sango” derives its title from the Central African language of the same name. Recognized by many for being an African-based creole, the language’s name also lends its name to some of the peoples who speak it. Elements of its history are utilized in the “Sango” video, which is richly symbolic and a promising example of what these two extraordinary women have in the wings.
Most recently, the two dropped the single “Not My President,” which they describe as “an unapologetic public service announcement for everyone and anyone who needs to be reminded that NO MAN HAS DOMINION OVER US.”
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