The Ghanaian singer uses her voice and lyrics to paint a picture of the vicious cycle of abuse.
23-year-old Ghanaian singer Cina Soul has delivered a powerful track that addresses gender based violence and the various abuses women face. The track, called "Killi Mi," is generating a lot of responses and love on Twitter, with many in awe of the emotion they feel from the 2019 Ghanaian female vocalist of the year nominee.
I learnt about domestic, sexual and emotional abuse this year and we put it in a song to raise awareness. I can’t d… https://t.co/LLncM4kuPI— Killi Mi 🌹❤️ (@Killi Mi 🌹❤️) 1572429617.0
The song, sung in mostly in her native Ga, touches on one of the difficult parts of abuse—the inability to find help and the difficult cycle many victims find themselves in. The character in the song goes to her mother but cannot find solace, she questions why her partner would beat her when she does what he asks and she frames all with the quintessential choral line "dey killi me." Many victims in abusive relationships report not being able to gain support from their family members or friends, often forcing them to doubt themselves and stay in the relationship—convincing themselves it is also for love and sometimes becoming abusive themselves.
In true protest song form, the strength of the lyrics come packaged in beautifully composed instrumentals. The song, produced by NiiQuaye, has a slow island vibe complete with a strong brass section. While the percussion and guitar has an upbeat and rhythmic feel, the horns showcase the melancholy and despair that the singer is conveying, starting high and ending low. It's a soul-stirring song that is making many stop and think. The visuals for the video, directed by Gene Adu, were released regionally today and included a flip on the narrative—stay tuned for a global release.
In the meantime, stream the song below and check some reactions on twitter.
Cina Soul in the video attacks her partner for something he had done and he reciprocates, leaving them both with br… https://t.co/ZPi1PVQtnU— 🇬🇭Naa Larteley❤️ (@🇬🇭Naa Larteley❤️) 1572443320.0
I know you hurt me because I hurt you, I forgive you because I love you😫🌹❤️............. well well I can’t get over… https://t.co/vNyfMRj7K6— killi Mi🌹❤️ (@killi Mi🌹❤️) 1572443264.0
https://t.co/aVRyKjZQhc watch #KilliMi video by @Cina_Soul Song is about domestic Violence https://t.co/tdklwuWWZm— Kay 💧 (@Kay 💧) 1572426712.0
God bless Cina for this beautiful song touching on domestic violence #KilliMi ❤️❤️ https://t.co/RCFeUuQR5w— Elly❤️ (@Elly❤️) 1572427472.0
Cina soul is always touching souls 😥❤️#KilliMi— Akosua ThickLips👅👄 (@Akosua ThickLips👅👄) 1572433990.0
I was shoooookkkkkkk!!!! @Cina_Soul #KilliMi ok? https://t.co/aXtOu46tnn— Afi (@Afi) 1572441631.0