French songwriter, composer and performer Jain is back, this time with the second single from her debut album “Zanaka”. The song touches on politics and is titled “Makeba”, after Zenzile Miriam Makeba, the South African singer and civil rights activist nicknamed Mama Africa.
In her own words:
Her voice is part of my childhood. In Paris I discovered that a lot of my friends knew nothing about her. I found that sad so I wrote the song. The idea was to modernise Miriam Makeba so people my age might search her out. It was the last song I wrote for the album. It’s now the second single in France, so it’s on the radio. But Come is still played a lot too. It’s so funny to hear the song that started this album and the one that finished it, written seven years apart, on the radio at the same time.
The video is once more directed by Gregory Ohrel & Lionel Hirlé and marks the first production of Quad Group’s new creative platform Art Bridge featuring work from designer agnès b, French street artist L’Atlas, the South African illustrator and graphic designer Karabo Poppy Moletsane, the street artist R1, plus a pantsula crew from Soweto, Johannesburg. The direction of photography is by Chris Saunders.
All images © Greg&Lio / Makeba / Jain