Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power
The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.
Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine
"Every Woman" takes its inspiration from a Nayyirah Waheed poem which reads "all the women. in me. are tired." Tamko plays with it and sings instead "All the women I meet are tired" and other slight variations over a simple and lilting, lullaby like strumming guitar—the absence of percussion making her words and her voice that much more prescient of the female power she is singing about. It's the kind of track that, if you were at a cafe on a Sunday morning, would make you look out the window appreciatively in a way looks deep, reflective. Tamko says the track is "an ode to all those who feel different and who actively search and fight for space."
Vagabon - Every Woman (Official Video) youtu.be
The video, shot by fellow Cameroonian Lino Asana, is features Tamko in a simple setting going about her day and playing music in and around a bubble—a sort of bastion of peace, her fort in the wilderness. It evokes Tamko's childhood in Cameroon and what she says was a way of living "simply and humbly"—a feeling she doesn't think could have been as well captured with a director that did not share her country. Vagabon's upcoming self-titled album is due out this Friday, be on the lookout for it and catch her on her upcoming North America tour.