Iranian-Dutch singer Sevdaliza is revisiting her debut studio album, ISON, sharing a new film created with Ghanaian director Emmanuel Adjei. The aesthetic coincides with the LP’s opening track, “Shahmaran.”
At the core, the visual details the story of the black man, that continues life in a cycle of oppression, as two significantly different, yet marginalized individuals in Sevdaliza and Adjei show support for one another.
“Carrying the burden of their ancestors most African American men today are still born into an environment that limits their freedom,” says Adjei. “Drawn to the dream of having power and success they hold on to the image of a false like idea of autonomy and with it success. It is however this house of freedom that has enslaved these men again. Chained to a phantasy often with materialistic nature keeps them upright throughout survival. They have become a victim of their addictions to power and materialism.”
Three years in the making, you can watch Sevdaliza and Emmanuel Adjei’s “Shahmaran” video above, then revisit ISON underneath. Also, follow here for the musician’s upcoming tour dates.
For more aesthetics, watch Alt-J and Pusha-T’s trippy “In Cold Blood” clip.