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FKA Twigs Releases New Film Short

FKA Twigs Reports:
FKA twigs and WePresent, WeTransfer’s editorial platform, launch their latest collaboration, the short film We Are The Womxn. Directed by Ivar Wigan, the short film documents FKA twigs as she traveled to perform at Afropunk Festival in Atlanta in late 2019. There she joined forces with healer and spiritual leader Queen Afua to host a moon dance in celebration of the sacred womxn. After the moon dance, twigs led the womxn to Blue Flame: Atlanta landmark and the city’s first Black strip club. Summoning the divine feminine, together they created an environment in which womxn danced for each other. Watch We Are The Womxn here, and read the full interview with FKA twigs and Queen Afua here.
The film captures glimpses of FKA twigs’ performance at Afropunk intertwined with scenes from both the sacred moon dance and Blue Flame, celebrating Atlanta’s dance community and rooting the craft of pole dancing in spirituality and matriarchal energy.
Empowering each other through dance and rituals, the short film shows elements of movement used by some of the first known healers. FKA twigs shares her intentions as the film progresses, “I decided to hold the second part of the all-female and femme sacred moon dance at Blue Flame, firstly to honor the heritage of pole dancing, but also to create a matriarchal dominance in a space that’s usually filled with, and run by, male energy.”
We Are The Womxn concludes FKA twigs’ year-long campaign for her album Magdalene and was filmed during her global tour. The campaign kicked off with the last FKA twigs commission from WePresent, Practice, a short film that celebrates the physical training and creative process that culminated in her GRAMMY-nominated music video “Cellophane.” Practice delved deep into the making of FKA twigs’ journey to mastering the craft of pole dancing, triumphantly pushing through physical and mental boundaries.
FKA twigs shares her take on the overall experience of creating We Are The Womxn, “I’m actually pretty shy but I felt so encouraged to dance and enjoy my body by all the amazing womxn who came together. I particularly bonded with one dancer at Blue Flame [named] Kharisma. She had such vibrant energy and at the beginning of the night she called the other girls on to the stage to be admired and supported in their expression. My experience at the Blue Flame solidified that, although historically womxn are often pitched against each other for their looks or their assets by the patriarchy, when left to our own devices we are incredibly nurturing and healing for each other.”
Holly Fraser, Editor in Chief of WePresent, shares, “We are delighted to launch We Are The Womxn, the latest project in the 4 year creative partnership between FKA twigs and WePresent. Traveling to Atlanta the project sees FKA twigs explore her evolving artistry and develop a deeper understanding of herself through learning from local womxn. It is exactly these stories of intimate and candid creativity that the team at WePresent strives to tell, while allowing artists the freedom they need for creative expression. In order to detail FKA twigs’ experience as authentically as possible we also worked with Atlanta-based writer Clarissa Brooks to bring the essence of the local community to life throughout the piece.”
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Film credits
Director: Ivar Wigan
Produced by: EVERYBODYNEEDSUS
Executive Producer: Maria Rubin and Cathleen Cher
Line Producer: Sally Oh
Production Manager: Dannah Gottlieb
Director of photography: Jamie Korn
Gaffer: Hayden Mason
Key Grip: Bryce Milburn
Swing: RJ Cassavitis
Sound: Gabe Valduri
Choreographer: Kelly Yvonne
PAs: Chris Tevebaugh, Ozzie Bunbury, Jeremy Baiden
Editor: Ruth Hegarty
Grade: Luke Morrison
Special Thanks To:
Queen Afua
Kharisma, Shaeyonce & the dancers
Brenda at Blue Flame Atlanta
Jocelyn and Matthew at Afropunk Festival
WeTransfer

Latin Star Rosalia Joins James Blake for New Single

Following the release of his critically-acclaimed fourth studio album Assume Form via Republic Records, GRAMMY Award winner James Blake premieres the video for “Barefoot in the Park, ” featuring the beautiful and talented Latina crossover star Rosalía. 

Directed by Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó (Rosalía, A$AP Rocky, FKA twigs), the video features Blake and Rosalía as characters whose fates are intertwined.

The Barcelona-born singer Rosalia is known for weaving flamenco, hip-hop, and pop sounds into compelling cuts, with her sexy, smooth voice and exotic accent; singing on both English and Spanish.  Having had  millions of streams, and praised by all  from NPR, The New York Times, Hollywood Sentinel, and Vogue,  she also received a 2017 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

Watch “Barefoot in the Park (featuring Rosalía)” here:

Image and video, used with kind courtesy of the office of publicity of James Blake. 2019, all rights reserved.

MØ Rocks the World

 

One of the greatest new artists of our time; MØ reportedly went from listening to pop music including The Spice Girls, who she later brilliantly covered, to punk rock.

Reportedly heavily into the punk scene as a teenager, her early influences are said to include none other than Black Flag, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and Sonic Youth.  Reportedly citing Kim Gordon as a role model  (source: Wikipedia),  it is no surprise to us  how cool MØ’s musical tastes, history, and musical education are, when listening to her music; and simply falling in love with it.

And yet, MØ is like none of these artists who influenced her, or like anyone of her time.  Brilliantly unique and creative, the range and quality of MØ’s voice alone would be commendable.  Add to that however her ever-present cool style, charisma, and personality in her videos and interviews, and you have a musical star.  Add songwriting, musical collaborations, and instrumentation that is wholly brilliant and groundbreaking,  with some of the biggest producers in the world, and you have exactly what MØ is; legendary.

Her passionate, beautiful song “Slow Love” is performed by her live, here below;

Fueling a passionate, and heartfelt vocal delivery in each of her songs, with a beautiful warmth and range, and mixing genres from new wave, techno, pop, and more,  MØ defines the so called “experimental pop” genre that has swept the underground and mainstream alike.  From other experimental pop artists including; Lorde, Elliphant, Grimes, Tove Lo, Kimbra, and a small handful of others, MØ has emerged as truly one of the greatest new singers and musical stars of our time.

Debuting her solo career after a number of experimental projects, her debut  album “No Mythologies to Follow” has resulted in a myriad of outstanding works.

With her signature “holler” in many of her songs, a lovely and unique voice, and simply brilliant songs, to working with top DJ producers including Major Lazer. Diplo, and more, MØ has delivered one brilliant and classic cut after another.

I had the great pleasure to see MØ this year in L.A. (Pamona, California to be exact), and she was nothing less than extraordinary. Herein below, is the latest great new single by MØ with Diplo, “Sun In Our Eyes. ”

MØ states:️ “Sun In Our Eyes; This song is the lead single off my new album Forever Neverland! OMFFFFFFG I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M F I N A L L Y ANNOUNCING MY ALBUM!!! – coming this October 19th!!  Thank you, all of you, for being super supportive and patient with me throughout the years – this album means a lot to me and has been LONG under the way + it’s been a long journey & learning curve for me in a lot of ways so I’m just so so grateful and happy that I can finally announce that it’s comming out and that I CAN’T WAIT to share it with you!! Excited for a new chapter. I’ve been dreaming about this forever

I love u, thank u for waiting.”

MØ will be back in the L.A. area on August 5th, 2018, in Fontana, California for the Hard Summer festival.

MØ’s video “Lean On” with Major Lazer is reportedly YouTube’s 9th most viewed video of all time, having had over 2 and a quarter billion views; currently at 2,354,860,507.

Her great video and song “Don’t Wanna Dance” follows here below;

Visit the Official MØ website at:  http://www.momomoyouth.com/

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Check out our exclusive interview right here next week, with 5 Time Grammy Award Artist Devine Evans.