Hues – [Mamadou.]

“The song ‘Hues.’ is a conversation; both internal and with the divine, Allah in my search for solace. As a 22-year-old first-generation Malian-American, recently graduating from college has presented its difficulties. I’ve found myself lost in the nuances of systemic 9-5s and traditional expectations for my immigrant parents versus my artistic aspirations. So, this song is a plead; a return to Allah for guidance as I embark on this new chapter”- Mamadou.

Harlem, New York artist Mamadou. releases a stunning short film for his song “Hues.” Filled with thoughtful religious expression, the artist’s words are sung and rapped on a powerful lyrical canvas. The Phillip Kim directed music video does a phenomenal job capturing Mamadou.’s emotions; namely the prayer of a security blanket to bless himself and his loved ones. Moreover, while he roams through the busy city of New York, cinematic shots (by John Zeng) perfectly capture the weight on Mamadou’s shoulders, aka a pressure to adapt and thrive in his environment. As for the music itself, “Hues.” brilliantly meshes between hip-hop and R&B for a truly soulful listening experience. This offering is much more than just a song; it’s a transference of life circumstance to artistic form. Peep the short film below!