Nigerian-born, Paris-raised, now Berlin-based, Wayne Snow, today shares “Seventy” via Roche Musique (French Kiwi Juice, Darius). Channeling the sun-kissed, soulful influence of his time spent growing up in Nigeria, “Seventy” deftly weaves elements of electronic music, neo-soul, and more, into a sultry slow jam (for fans of Sade, Masego, or the legend Fela Kuti). Listen/watch “Seventy” HERE.
Says Snow about today’s release, “‘Seventy’ is song about perseverance, about overcoming life’s obstacles without letting go. I imagined a seventy day countdown to motivate myself to bounce back after a tough year when I felt everything was slipping out of my hands.”
Featuring avant-garde styling, digital body scanning, CGI, and contemporary dance choreography, the striking accompanying visual pays homage to Afrofuturism, the vibrant stunning landscapes of the South African desert and Snow’s relationship to both. Starring a lone figurine – Snow himself – the visual was taped at the beautiful Tankwa Karoo National Park near Cape Town, South Africa.
Snow’s custom headpiece and suit were custom designed for this video, created with 3D printing by the art director and stylist Anna Verloren van Themaat and her husband Reep Verloren van Themaat. Travys Owen (an acclaimed photographer & director), producer Allison Swank (who recently won Best Short Documentary at the IMDB Independent Shorts Awards) round out the team overseen by The Swank Group (who have previously worked with the likes of The Roots, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Burna Boy, and more).
After relocating to Berlin in 2013, Snow became central to Berlin’s burgeoning future jazz and neo-soul scene; as part of Moe Fabrik, he was instrumental in the emergence of nu jazz. Alongside Max Graef, he wrote ‘Under The Moon’ and ‘Red Runner’ and eventually released his debut solo album via Tartelet Records to praise from Fader, Vice, Clash, Boiler Room, tastemaker Giles Peterson, and more. Now signed with influential Paris-based label, Roche Musique (home to FKJ, Darius, and more), Snow is gearing up to realize his singular vision even further in 2021. His ultimate goal: expansion; to situate his art on a different plane altogether and explore how music and art can inform the mind.
“Seventy” by Wayne Snow is out now via Roche Musique, buy/stream it here.