Premiere: Thando's excellent single NUMB. feat. Remi gets a perfect new video
The single packs some serious punch looking at life as an African Youth in Australia.
It looks like 2018 has already found a fresh new voice in the Australian hip hop scene, one crafting not only music that is instantly groove-able, but has plenty to say with it. And while Zimbabwean born artist Thando has been around for a couple of years, her latest single NUMB. feat. Remi has found a heap of new fans to go with the old, and today we're honoured to jump on board the hype train and premiere its elegantly simple new video clip. First though, let's hear from Thando herself on the themes behind NUMB.
"NUMB. is a song written about my experiences trying to confront feeling ostracized. Lyrically, I took the approach of having to be wasted to get along with people I have nothing in common with (and we’ve all been there). On a personal level however, I’m addressing being an ‘African Youth’ who has grown up in Australia. Topics concerning ‘belonging’ and ‘race’ have been focused on by mainstream media, (especially as of late) and this had me reflecting on my place in this country and where I truly belong. The title references the struggle of realising how displaced I feel when I’m being my truest self, instead of a watered down version that’s easier to get along with… and in turn, numbing myself to how hard it actually is to do that. My hope is that taking this track around the country will start a conversation amongst listeners and their peers about the difference between tolerance and acceptance, and how psychologically taxing it can be as a minority to have to assimilate."
A bold new voice, making rad music and tackling relevant issues while she's at it? We're on board. Check out the video clip below, and catch her on tour at one of a bunch of upcoming dates, which you can check down the bottom.
Thu 22 Feb - The Milk Factory, Brisbane
Fri 23 Feb - Nightquarter, Gold Coast
Wed 28 Feb - Four5Nine, Perth
Fri 2 Mar - Odd Fellow, Fremantle
Sat 3-Sun 4 Mar - Nannup Music Festival, Nannup
Wed 7 Mar - SOSUEME @ Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Thu 8 Mar - Leadbelly, Newtown
Sat 10 Mar - Smiths Alternative, Canberra
Sun 1 Apr - Boogie Festival, Tallarook
Thu 5 Apr - Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Sat 7 Apr - Imperial Hotel (Bunker), Eumundi
Fri 20 Apr - Worker's Club, Melbourne (Official Single Launch)
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