Y'Akoto Shares The Hair Salon Video For 'Tobo Darling'

Ghanaian-German songstress Y'akoto shares the hair salon video for "Tobo Darling," the third single off her 'Moody Blues' LP.

Ghanian-German songstress Y'akoto recently released the visuals for her infectious new single "Tobo Darling." 'Tobo' means to 'relax' or 'chill-out' in Ghanian Twi, and the video shows Y'akoto doing just that, as she's pampered in a hair salon while others congregate to chat, dance and have a good time.

Y'akoto explains the track as "a song about men that go missing, and me not actually caring whether my man is home or not. My grandma always used to say to me that it doesn't matter where the man you're with is, as long as he comes along once in a while. If you can relax about it, usually, everything will be good." The idea for the Patrick Reilly-directed video came from Y'akoto's childhood experiences at the hair salon where people would gather to gossip and "talk about men and talk about life, with all kinds of philosophies making the rounds."

"Tobo Darling" is the third single off Y'akoto's sophomore album Moody Blues, which dropped last August. Catch the singer on her upcoming European live dates, listed below. Watch Y'akoto's colorful and lively video for "Tobo Darling" below.

Y'akoto Live Dates

15.05. Herford – Forum Museum Marta Herford

16.05. Lennestadt-Grevenbrück – Folk in den Bergen

21.05. Cognac (F) – Les Quais

20.06. Worms – Jazz & Joy

03.07. Hamburg – Stadtpark

04.07. Karlsruhe – Zeltival

05.07. Köln – Summerjam

06.07. Wien (AT) – Rathaus Wien / Arkadenhof

10.07. Darmstadt – Merck Sommerperlen

11.07. St. Gallen (CH) – Kulturfestival

12.07. Nürnberg – St. Katharina Open Air

31.07. Innsbruck (AT) – Treibhaus

01.08. Friedrichshafen – Kulturufer

28.08. Sigmaringen (CH) – Summer Nights

29.08. Arbon (CH) – Summer Days

12.09. Braunschweig – Festival Kultur im Zelt

29.10. Bremen – Glocke Jazznights

31.10. Weissenhäuser Strand – Jazzville


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