Cherry returns to the musical fray with the powerful and emotive protest song Kong. Released today, the single is co-produced by Cherry’s former Wild Bunch collaborator, Massive Attack’s 3D as well as South London’s Four Tet. Set to trademark Del Naja dub bass, industrial precision and haunting piano motifs, Kong is both personal and political.
The track references the history of Colonialism as well as the subject of the ongoing European refugee crisis, fueled in turn by Western armed intervention. Cherry invites the listener to imagine themselves in the world of those fleeing conflict. Where the risk to life of escaping are overshadowed by the risks of remaining.
Kong is accompanied by a beautifully shot video directed by Jenn Nkiru. The Peckham director is a rising star of the art and film world. 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.
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