Ray BLK partage une vidéo touchante pour “paradis”

Ray BLK, is a British singer and songwriter, rappeur, whose real name is Rita Ekwere. She born in Nigeria and moved to London when she was about four. She grew up in Catford and formed a music group at the age of 13 with her school friend MNEK calledNew Found Content”.

Rita has a degree in English literature at Brunel University, and her dissertation was on post-colonial Nigerian literature, focusing on the novels of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie. She worked in an advertising agency to sustain her music career in its early days.

Ray released her first recordings while studying for her English degree. Her debut EP Havisham was released in 2015. Inspired by Miss Havisham’s story in Charles DickensGreat Expectations, it told the tale of a girl who turns against men after having her heart broken. “I felt like Miss Havisham was like a lot of women around me, who got their heart broken and turned cold and began to hate men.

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RAY BLK returns to her latest project Empress with a video for ‘Paradise’ which sees her dealing with the grief of losing a friend.

Caviar director Thomas Ralph has created a new music video for Ray BLK’s ‘Paradisecapturing the powerful emotions of this beautiful track. The beautiful black-and-white visual sees the South Londoner performing the song with her live band on an estate. It’s a perfect match to the sublime track, which manages to strike a delicate balance between tragedy and hope, as she attempts to cope with her loss.

Thomas Ralph comments: “I was inspired by Ray’s Empress Album art work; the concept for the video was to create a simple and beautiful performance in a relatable space for Ray and her band – thus allowing the personal and heartfelt themes of Ray’s lyrics to come to the fore. It was a very cold shoot day in South London with a great team, I hope we created space for Ray’s message to resonate.”

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Filmed in black and white on a London estate, as day becomes night, and by using different camera positions to elevate the emotion and show Ray and her band, Ralph cuts between the performance and heartfelt images mirroring the friendship between Ray and a friend who has passed away.

Emotionally speaking, “paradis” is one of the heavier songs on Ray BLK’s excellent 2018 release Empress. It’s a contemplative song but one that runs strong with hope and the desire to “meet again, where the streets are paved of gold.” It was written after the loss of a friend and BLK uses her sharp lyrical skills to pinpoint that feeling of loss in a way that feels both specific to her own experience, as well as translating to anyone that has gone through something similar. It’s a contemplative song but one that runs strong with hope and the desire tomeet again, where the streets paved of gold.

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“This song is dedicated to my dear friend who I lost to cancer and to anybody who has lost someone,” she told The Fader. “I wrote it as a way to find peace and comfort with the idea of death during my friends illness and hope it helps give peace to anyone who’s mourning.”

Today she shares a touching video forParadise.Filmed in black and white with her live band and orchestra on a London estate, the “paradis” video cuts between the emotive performance of the song and touching images of the local community.

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Ray BLK shares a touching video for "Paradise"
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Filmed in black and white on a London estate, as day becomes night, and by using different camera positions to elevate the emotion and show Ray and her band, Ralph cuts between the performance and heartfelt images mirroring the friendship between Ray and a friend who has passed away.