Video

Oyinda's Hypnotizing New Video Is Inspired By Beyoncé And Sci-fi

British-Nigerian singer and songwriter Oyinda shares the self-directed music video for her futuristic electro-soul single "Never Enough."


British-Nigerian singer Oyinda continues her string of steely, black and white music videos with her latest for “Never Enough,” an ambient electro-soul tune about “reaping the benefits of self-validation,” the artist explains to i-D.

The self-directed music video sees Oyinda rocking tailored getups and delivering poised dance moves while encircled by a ring of analog TV sets. The 24-year-old singer mentions that the striking minimalism and performative elements of the video were inspired by Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” "the strength of that performance made me want to do a seamless piece too, but in my own way—a little imperfect with a hint of sci-fi.”

Check out Oyinda’s hypnotizing music video for “Never Enough” and revisit her video for previous single “The Devil’s Gonna Keep Me.”

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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