Marian Mereba's Bonnie & Clyde Video For 'September'

Ethiopian-American indie folk singer Marian Mereba eludes the law and a toxic relationship in the video for 'September'

Last summer Revivalist put us onto “Ethiopian Queen From PhillyMarian Mereba and her standout Room For Living EP. Back in October we found ourselves hooked on a full remix project. With roots in Alabama, North Carolina, Philadelphia and Addis Ababa, Mereba's worldly yet down to earth outlook most often draws comparisons to Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill. However, the singer, who now calls Atlanta home, eschews the inevitable "neo-soul" categorization and prefers to describe her sound as "soulful folk" that draws inspiration from artists in a wider variety of genres--Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell and Nirvana are a few of her favorites.

"September" serves as the lead single from Mereba's forthcoming debut LP. The gifted singer-songwriter weaves a tale of soured affection between two lovers with inventive supporting visuals directed by Nate Edwards that retrace the aftermath of a corner store robbery gone awry. Rhythmic percussion and a guitar skank amidst lilting keys lend the Forte Bowie-produced record some Caribbean flavor that lessens the weight of the lyrical subject matter which, according to Mereba, was inspired by a toxic relationship with an old flame:

"['September'] came from a situation I was in with a dude who had a ...lapse of judgment... while we were together. Instead of walking away from the relationship scarred, I felt really empowered. I knew he was going to regret it, and I was going to be cool. It was the first time that I felt that way. And the bass line to 'September' came to my head straight away. From start to finish the song basically wrote itself and helped me restore my Queendom."

Watch the video for "September" below. Mereba's full length debut Radio Flyer is due out on July 29th via Red Kotton.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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