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Koko Clay Shares a Bittersweet Love Song to Her Congolese Heritage
The self-proclaimed "Nubian Disco Queen" premieres her new single "Motherland."
In her latest offering, the London-based artist explores her Congolese heritage over an addictive electro-R&B beat.
Koko Clay is a London-based artist of Congolese roots who stands out with an inventive sound that blends futuristic soul, retro pop and funk influences.
Originally from France, Koko made waves in the Parisian scene before moving to London to pursue her music career full time.
The self-proclaimed "Nubian Disco Queen" returns with a brand new single titled "Motherland" – a bittersweet love letter to her Congolese heritage. Full of unpredictable twists and turns, the song is a deftly-produced mix of stylish pop, afrobeats, house and gospel inspirations
"The song is a fictitious yet, realistic tale of a woman, who grew up in the streets of Kinshasa, the Congolese capital, in contrast to my own personal experience as a woman of Congolese descent, who grew up in France, proud of my roots and heritage," Koko Clay tellsOkayAfrica.
"Motherland" also shows off Koko's prowess as a fierce triple threat that writes, produces and sings all her music. With its hard-hitting beat and passionately-sung lyrics, this song is enough for repeated listens.
Listen to our premiere of "Motherland" by Koko Clay below.