Seinabo Sey’s recently released music video for “Breathe” employs fashion and a diverse cast to create an intense visual meditation.
Directed by Sheila Johansson and shot in Gambia, “Breathe” features brightly colored gowns designed by Selam Ghirmay Fessahaye amid a lush landscape.
Fessahaye creations are reminiscent of designs by Giambattista Valli and Molly Goddard which stunned on the runways and the red carpet after being worn by the likes of Rihanna and Dua Lipa.
Sey tells Okay Africa that she penned “Breathe” while on vacation in Senegal.
“I wrote it in Dakar, Senegal,” she said. “I was just at a point where I didn’t know what to write anymore and didn’t know what my album was about. So I went by myself on a vacation”
“Dakar is really different. I was feeling kind of lonely and a little out of place. Everyone speaks French and Wolof there, and I don’t. Still, I felt like I was supposed to be there. With that in mind took a paper and pen and wrote down exactly why I wanted to be there and why I liked being there and the words just came out in the simplest form.”