This week, Amaarae released her debut full length project The Angel You Don’t Know. Bronx-born and raised between Accra in Ghana and numerous States in America, Amaarae’s cross-cultural experience is the driving force behind her deeply experimental ethos. Have a listen for yourself, and have a read of our interview with her below:
Hey Amaarae! How’s it going?
Everything is going great!
Congrats on the release of your debut full length! How does it feel to finally share it with the world?
I’m super excited! I feel like I’ve just given birth haha.
How’s 2020 been for you in general?
Crazy! The same way it’s been for everyone else. Unpredictable but we need to adapt in these times.
Tell us a bit about the production of your project; were there any covid-related setbacks?
TOO MANY! Haha – It was such a struggle to get the video shoots off the ground but we were able to pull together and make them happen. I wasn’t able to tour this year (sad face) but through it all I’ve found ways to connect with my fans online.
You’ve got some incredible artists featured on the project, what was it like collaborating through the confines of varying lockdown restrictions? Or was everything more or less recorded before?
I mean, things were pretty simple. It was just lots of sending verses and feedback back and forth via email, which is how it’s usually done because artists are literally always on the go from country to country and city to city. The only in person session I did was with Moliy and Princess Adjua – that was super chill, the synergy and chemistry there was very organic.
We are in love with the ‘FANCY’ video. How did you come up with the idea?
Thank You! With Fancy I just wanted to do the opposite of what everyone would expect, I wanted to be on some rock and roll shit hahahaha. So I took influences from some of the most cutting edge videos like Missy’s “She’s A Bitch”, Dreamwife’s “So When You Gonna” and even J.Lo’s “If You Had My Love”.
Can you tell us a little more about the meaning of the title, The Angel You Don’t Know?
The Angel You Don’t Know – the title, just really is a nod to adventure and self discovery. This album was me experimenting, searching, discovering and pushing myself out of my comfort zones.
Do you have a favourite track on the project?
It changes every week! Haha but currently it’s Feel A Way and Sad Girlz Luv Money
Who are you listening to at the moment, and are there any Ghanian artists we should have on our radar?
I love Rina Sawayama, I love Bree Runway, as far as new artists I’m listening to Bwoiidaas who’s a Nigerian artist. I think he’s so incredible and talented.
What can we expect from you next?
World Domination, baby.
Check out the video for FANCY:
Photo Credit: Anita McAndrew