In Issue 004, we got our friend, the Harlem-raised and based singer, rapper, writer and mystic Tamara Renee to have a conversation with the vocalist and producer Iman Omari. Their conversation ranged from the role of darkness in art, spirituality and the healing power of sound. Today, we're pleased to premiere Tamara's latest offering, Dread, in preparation for her upcoming performance with Kamasi Washington.
In the video for Dread, a track produced by Javi Santiago on Tamara's Ultra Violet EP that was released earlier this year, she aims to explore and subvert what one typically conceives "the erotic." When asked of the inspiration, she pointed us towards this essay by the great Audre Lorde on the misplacement of the role of "the erotic" in the lives of women, and the inherent power it carries when harnessed.
"The erotic functions for me in several ways, and the first is in providing the power which comes from sharing deeply any pursuit with another person. The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference." - Audre Lorde
Tamara had this to say about the video:
The video was directed by Andre Gray, inspired by the black heroines of the 1950s, 60s, and 70's such as Pam Grier, Dorothy Dandridge, and Eartha Kitt. It is an intimate, erotic, portrayal of raw sensuality and timeless beauty. Interwoven throughout the video are floral and water motifs. The song itself is about union with a lover, union with self, and union with art and creativity. I display the many sides of myself as I share my joy and vulnerability.