Kobi Onyame – Wedadi (Video Premiere)
Watch the new video for Wedadi, the latest single from Glasgow-based, Ghanaian rapper Kobi Onyame
If you didn't get a chance to catch Kobi Onyame's exhibition, Kobi Onyame Versus the Artist, at Many Studios last month, then you're in luck because today we've got an exclusive premiere of one of the works displayed during the exhibition – the new video for his latest single Wedadi.
The exhibition saw six artists respond to one or two different songs each from Onyame's latest album GOLD through a variety of mediums, including video, photography, writing and performance. The video for Wedadi, which you can watch in the player above or on YouTube, was directed by Onyame and shot on location at Many Studios. "The film presents an idea of dying to Self and the video starts with a quote from the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti," says Onyame. "I used this quote to signify the idea of choice, and that the idea of dying to Self is something that only the individual can decide to do. The film continues as a funeral reception held for the Ego and for the Self and it becomes evident in the film that the Self and the Ego wasn’t liked by anyone in attendance.
"I wrote the song a few years back after the passing of a friend and I was looking for a more beautiful way to reflect on the the concept of death," Onyame continues. "I am essentially saying 'We Die Die,' that’s what “Wedadi” means. The concept of the song is to die to ourselves. The idea of the Self and the Ego is something I’m very passionate about losing and something that I and a lot of people battle with. I believe the only way we can really change is if we realise that we are meant to live life not for ourselves but for others. The only way to do that is to completely die to the Self. It’s the complete opposite of what I feel modern day culture teaches."