Rapper/singer Ivy Sole switches up her style on her new single/video “Taken”. The track has a mellow, alluring vibe laced with steady afro-centric rhythms which makes for pleasant listening. She links up with Ghanaian crooner B4Bonah who brings his own unique melodic vibe to the track.
The Philly raised act takes a trip to the west coast of Africa, Ghana to be precise to bring the soulful record to life. Using Accra, Tema & Cape Coast as the backdrop, the video shows Ivy contemplating a different love and loss, visiting the castle where her ancestors were likely held prior to their long journey to America. The video was directed by Dave Duncan, one of OkayAfrica’s highlighted talents and produced by Ivy’s manager Ethan Boye-Doe, whose family has roots in Ghana. The video then acts as twofold contemplation on being “Taken,” paying homage to the love that sustained enslaved Africans for an unwanted, torturous voyage across the Atlantic, and the love that sustains and eludes their descendants now.
Ivy Sole further states “I wanted to visit West Africa as a pilgrimage of sorts. I think many Black Americans and Black Caribbean folks have a yearning to go to where our families started, but we don’t have a specific place to return to because that history was stolen.”
“Taken” is taken from her Full-Length Debut Album, OVERGROWN, Out Now. Get it on all DSPs here.