Watch Cape Verdean-Dutch singer/emcee Gery Mendes' video for "Memories," the first single off his recently released LP 'Caminho.'
Cape Verdean-Dutch singer/emcee Gery Mendes (also known as GMB) recently came through with the visuals for his soulful swinger "Memories," the first single off his latest full-length Caminho (which arrived in April). Known for his ability to switch effortlessly between velvety vocals and hard-hitting flows (the proof is in the politically-surged "Mr. Entity," for example) the Rotterdam-based multi-instrumentalist brings the same hybridized intensity to "Memories." Dedicated to his friends and family in Rotterdam, Mendes sings of that special kind of love in the arms of one's nearest and dearest over some bumping bass undertones and jazzy background vocals. Bouba Dola directed the video, which follow Mendes as he treads through the streets of Rotterdam while sweeping shots capture breathtaking views of the Netherlands' immense greenery and diverse landscape. In the last 30 seconds of the track Mendes drops some truth about the immigrant struggle and shows that everything is not all happy and green in his adopted home. Spitting some Cape Verdean creole-infused flows, Mendes speaks about the experience of those living in foreign places, yearning for the comfort of home while struggling to survive in their new environment. Watch the "Memories" video plus an acoustic performance of the song below. Caminho is available now on iTunes.