Samito’s ‘Tiku La Hina’ Video Is A Beautiful Aerial Dance About Immigrant Identity

Mozambican producer Samito looks at a fragmented immigrant identity through the unlikely medium of aerial dance.

Samito’s “Tiku La Hina” was one of our favorite songs from last year. The track from the Montreal-based Mozambican singer & producer sees Samito dealing with and embracing a shifting identity caused by his move from Maputo and Cape Town to North America.

"'Tiku La Hina' is a monologue on a fragmented identity. It's me trying to reconcile my past with my present reality as a creator, in a new country,” he tells us.

The song’s music video, directed Benoit Jones Vallée and Samuel Olaechea, looks at immigrant identity through the unlikely medium of aerial dance, beautifully performed by Emi Vauthey.

“By bringing in performance art we hoped to go beyond music and expand the idea of a ‘fragmented identity.’"

Watch Samito’s debut music video for “Tiku La Hina” below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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