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Watch Marieme & Melanie Faye's Beautiful Acoustic Video For 'Be The Change'

A vibrant, stripped-down new video for the highlight track from her Marieme EP.

Senegalese singer-songwriter Marieme has been revisiting songs from her self-titled EP for a new visual project.

"Be The Change," one of the standouts from that Marieme EP, is an uplifting composition about holding ourselves accountable for our actions. The Senegalese artist is now sharing a new and alluring acoustic video version of that song accompanied by Melanie Faye, which we're premiering here today.

"'Be The Change' is a song I wrote with Danny Burke that was a part of my debut EP," Marieme tells OkayAfrica, "This song is very special to me because I know it gives people hope. I am guilty of saying I'm going to do something and never do it, even if it's beneficial to humanity. We all need reminders to do better, and be held accountable to our words and intentions. It has become a sort of anthem and call to action for some and I'm grateful for that, because it means people are listening and are ready."


The stripped-down video version of "Be The Change" zeroes in on the Marieme's captivating raw vocals and Melanie Faye's eye-catching guitar riffs. "I thought that Melanie Faye would be amazing for [this video]," Marieme mentions. "She is the future of music and I wanted to represent that in the video."

The video, which was directed by Jacob Sacks, also features some striking outfits, some of which were made by Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot. Marieme even crafted one of them herself, the world map outfit. She also mentions the video features "all African made Jewelry. 100% African!"

Watch the new acoustic video for Marieme and Melanie Faye's "Be The Change" below.

Marieme X Melanie Faye - Be The Change (Acoustic) youtu.be

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