Making a powerful political statement, neo-soul artist Moonga K. drops his shimmering track, “Black, Free & Beautiful”. Fusing art with activism, the artist offers his captivating vocals to his latest project, which features a pulsating bass that is hurried along with snappy claps and heavenly harmonised backing. And, with deeply emotive lyrics providing a necessary sociopolitical societal comment, the track is transformed from a glimmering soul cut to an important educational and emotional outlet filled with messaging.
“I wrote this song after watching the penultimate episode of Lovecraft Country which was a visceral re-telling of the Tulsa Massacre,” explains the artist. “Just like any showcase of black trauma that every black person engages with, I was filled with rage and sadness, and I was extremely triggered. I had a studio session the day after with Greg, and on the bus ride to the studio, I was hit with the chorus melody and it was relentlessly playing in my head so I buried myself in my hoodie to record a voice memo just in case I wouldn’t forget. As soon as I got to the studio, I sent Greg the recording and while he was coming up with the drum loop, I just kept writing and writing, and in thirty minutes the entire song was written.”
Accompanying the track is a captivating music video in which fans can see Moonga serving up a live rendition of the soulful offering under the haze of electric purple lights. And, with EP “CANDID” on the horizon, it is clear that this is only the beginning of a string of successful releases to be expected from the musician. Political, powerful and filled with emotions, Moonga’s work is the only thing you should be listening to today.
Listen to “Black, Free & Beautiful” below…