Following the release of “Antisocial” earlier this year, Polaris Music Prize-winning artist Haviah Mighty has shared a video for her new track, “Obeah.”
The powerful song, which she produced alongside her brother, is centred around Mighty’s Caribbean heritage, as she sings of trust, spirituality, her family, and “a belief that the energies around you dictate what you allow in your life in order to prosper,” according to a release. The accompanying Jesse Dart-directed clip, which was made in collaboration with production company Cultiv8, features cameo appearances from Mighty’s friends and her father, who is sampled on “Obeah.”
“I”ve navigated life off the strength of my parents’ teachings, and one of those [notable] teachings is to be mindful of the company you keep and of those you call your friends,” Mighty explains. “Being of Caribbean descent, I’ve heard many stories throughout my life of ‘Obeah man’ and ‘Obeah woman’ from family and friends, ‘Obeah’ being an occult power and celebrated secret religion which disturbs the natural flow of events by way of spells, spirituality and hidden practices.”
Watch the video for “Obeah” below.
“Though difficult to define, it is a religion of resistance, a belief that you can manipulate yours or other peoples’ destinies – often used in the context of those people that are close to you but aspire to cause you harm by thought or action,” Mighty continues. “This song, using this Jamaican reference, speaks directly to the idea that the energy around you can bring you down, and that sometimes it’s those that are closest to you that you need to be aware of. This theme is one many can relate to as they grow within their chosen realms.”