Sudan Archives has released a new single, “Selfish Soul.” She also shared a music video to accompany the track.
The new song sees Sudan Archives exploring the judgments and assumptions that Black women face about their hair. Ultimately, the artist chooses to embrace her soul and free herself with a shaved look.
Sudan Archives’ use of reverb in “Selfish Soul” makes the song feel all-encompassing. She makes apt use of the sonic space, declaring her truth before it dissolves into an endless echo.
Sudan Archives shared her thoughts about the track in a press release.
“I feel like there’s an American standard of what beautiful hair is, and I wanted to show in this video that’s not what all beauty is; to showcase different hairstyles and different types of women and their hair,” she says. “I was inspired by India Arie‘s ‘I Am Not My Hair,’ one of the first songs I heard about this subject. She talks about extensions and weaves and natural hair and nappy hair, and that she’s not her hair; she won’t conform to the comparisons that would come up if you had a weave or sew-in or natural hair or Afro – that doesn’t represent her.”
Sudan Archives will perform at several festivals this year, with dates below.
Check out “Selfish Soul.”
Sudan Archives tour dates
05/21 – 05/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Still Smiling Festival
05/28 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
06/04 – 06/05 – Portland, OR @ Beloved Festival
06/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ BK Mag Fest
06/25 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
07/07 – 07/10 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/08 – Montreal, QC @ Montréal Jazz Festival
07/22 – 07/24 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
07/29 – 07/31 – Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase
07/30 – Omaha, NE @ Maha Festival
08/19 – 08/21 – Hamburg, DE @ MS Dockville Festival
08/23 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
08/25 – London, UK @ All Points East
08/26 – Stockholm, SE @ Popaganda Festival
08/26 – 08/28 – Darmstadt, DE @ Golden Leaves Festival
08/28 – Edinburgh, UK @ Connect Festival
08/30 – Brighton, UK @ Pattern
09/01 – 09/04 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/03 – Bristol, UK @ FORWARDS Festival
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