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‘For You I Must Become a Tree’ from Sara Serpa’s new album ‘Intimate Strangers’

Sara Serpa’s new album Intimate Strangers (Biophilia Records) is due out on 3 December, 2021.

It features vocalists Aubrey Johnson and Sofia Rei and Serpa herself, with pianist Matt Mitchell and synth player Qasim Naqvi creating vivid soundscapes for stories from Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma’s book A Stranger’s Pose.

For You I Must Become a Tree is a track from the new album. The video, shot in Ilha de Luanda in Angola is an LJN exclusive :

“It was an absolute pleasure to do this video.” says Fradique, the film director. “The pace of the song and the lyrics are truly inspiring for me as a filmmaker. As if a tree is slowly bursting out of the earth, the song carries a peculiar floating weight that defies gravity. Visually I wanted to bring the setting of an old forest fable into the video and combine that with an everyday working-class tale – the carwashers. It was shot in the old forest of Luanda’s Island, a space abandoned by the city, where people still come looking for answers among carwashers, religious cults and the old trees.”

Video credits:

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Voice: Sara Serpa, Sofía Rei, Aubrey Johnson
Piano: Matt Mitchell
Modular Synth: Qasim Naqvi

Mixing: Pete Rende
Mastering: Andrya Ambro

Production Company: Geração 80
Executive Producer: Tchiloia Lara
Director: Fradique
Director of Photography: Ery Claver
Steadicam Operator: Eduardo Kropotkine
1º Assistant Camera: Agostinho Alfredo “Tino”
1º Assistant Camera: Paulo Idalécio
Art and Wardrobe: Nark Gaspar, Prudênciana Hach
Art Assistant: Jéssica Júlio “Telly”
Location Producer: Alberto Vaz
Production Assistant: Bruno Gonga

The Driver: Cleusa Costa
The Passenger: Edmar Moon

The Car Washers: Gegé M’bakudi
Resem Verkron
Justino Kalei “Ito”
Derson Teixeira

LINKS: Lockdown Interview with Sara Serpa
Review by Jon Turney of previous album RecognitionMusic for a Silent Film

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