Neneh Cherry Shares Single and Video For KONG Co-Produced by Four Tet and 3D
"Kong" is a powerful and vital return to the musical conversation for Cherry. Over a dubbed-out synthesis of the musical worlds of Four Tet and 3D she fuses the personal and political. She references the history of Colonialism as well as Europe's ongoing refugees crisis in a brave and timely protest song--one that uses empathy and compassion as its tools of disobedience. The track meditates on the West exporting armed interventions, inviting the listener to imagine the world of someone willing to take the risk to escape from the ruinous effects of their consequences.
Lyrics from "Kong":
Every nation seeks its / friends in France & Italy / and all across the 7 seas / and goddam guns and guts and bitter love still put a hole in me
Video director Jenn Nkiru is from Peckham, London and is a fast rising star of the art and film worlds. She was 2nd unit director for Beyoncé and Jay-Z's internet-breaking APESHIT, following up on her visual work with Kamasi Washington on his latest album Heaven And Earth. An MFA film graduate of Howard University, her first film EN VOGUE shot by Bradford Young & Arthur Jafa screened internationally to critical success.
The single artwork is by Wolfgang Tillmans--the first photographer ever to be awarded the Turner Prize. He is one of the most important documentarians of his generation in London and Berlin's club and gay scenes. His recent musical collaborations include the photo artwork for Frank Ocean's 2016 album Blonde and the physical magazine that accompanied it Boys Don't Cry.
Also announced today are three intimate headline shows for 2018 in London, Paris and Stockholm.
Live Shows in 2018
September 12th - London - Village Underground
September 26th - Paris - Le Cafe de la Danse
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Tillmans