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Watch the Heartfelt Music Video for George Kalukusha's New Single 'Honey'

PREMIERE: Check out the latest from the Malawian singer—one of Mr Eazi's #emPawa100 artists.

"Honey" is the new single from Malawian singer-songwriter George Kalukusha—who was named one of OkayAfrica's Malawian artists to watch back in 2015.

The artist is still putting in work, releasing his latest under, Mr Eazi's #emPawa100 initiative, which helps support emerging and established artists from across the continent through funding, mentorship and digital distribution.

"Honey" is a melodic, folk-inspired ballad, that sees the artist singing about the heartache of unrequited love. "The song came about as a response of me watching a friend of mine desperately long for a lover who didn't want him back," the artist tells OkayAfrica. "I thought it to be very relatable so I wrote about it."


Image courtesy of George Kalukusha.

The song's stripped-down music video is meant to convey this feeling of longing as well, says Kalukusha, who is seen performing in a secluded room with just his guitar throughout the video. "The video came about as a very minimalistic concept, says the artist. "We wanted to portray the feeling of being trapped and longing for something you do not have, and looking at the array of amazing videos that emPawa has released for African artists, I just wanted something I could be proud of amongst all the other great works," he adds.

There is much more on the horizon for the young musician, who plans to continue working with Mr Eazi to release his upcoming album We Never Stood a Chance later this year.

Watch the premiere of "Honey" below.

George Kalukusha - Honey (Official Video) #emPawa100 Artist www.youtube.com

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The 14-track album, includes the previously released singles "Good Thing" and "The Beginning" which the singer dropped earlier this year to positive reviews.

The singer and songwriter took to social media to thank fans for their ongoing support over the weekend, writing "I have looked forward to sharing this with you for sometime now but I wanted it to be special, that much I owe you. For being with me from the beginning, thank you from my soul. I hope this makes you happy, brings you joy and somehow, you can find yourself in these songs."

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It took the author Lemn Sissay almost two decades to learn his real name. As an Ethiopian child growing up in England's care system, his cultural identity was systematically stripped from him at an early age. "For the first 18 years of my life I thought that my name was Norman," Sissay tells OkayAfrica. "I didn't meet a person of color until I was 10 years of age. I didn't know a person of color until I was 16. I didn't know I was Ethiopian until I was 16 years of age. They stole the memory of me from me. That is a land grab, you know? That is post-colonial, hallucinatory madness."

Sissay was not alone in this experience. As he notes in his powerful new memoir My Name Is Why, during the 1960s, tens of thousands of children in the UK were taken from their parents under dubious circumstances and put up for adoption. Sometimes, these placements were a matter of need, but other times, as was the case with Sissay, it was a result of the system preying on vulnerable parents. His case records, which he obtained in 2015 after a hardfought 30 year campaign, show that his mother was a victim of child "harvesting," in which young, single women were often forced into giving their children up for adoption before being sent back to their native countries. She tried to regain custody of young Sissay, but was unsuccessful.

Whether they end up in the foster system out of need or by mistake, Sissay says that most institutionalized children face the same fate of abuse under an inadequate and mismanaged system that fails to recognize their full humanity. For black children who are sent to white homes, it often means detachment from a culturally-sensitive environment. "There are too many brilliant people that I know who have been adopted by white parents for me to say that it just doesn't work," says Sissay. "But the problem is the amount of children that it doesn't work for."

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