Becca Stevens has revealed the striking video for her new single ‘Queen Mab’, which is a reinterpretation of Mercutio’s speech from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The video premiered with The Independent yesterday and is the first track taken from her new album Regina, out March 24th on GroundUP Music.
Directed by Damian Weilers and filmed in Tanzania, the video shines a light on the plight of albino children in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Tanzania, where albinos are often killed and sold to witch doctors and others who use their body parts as ingredients in rituals and medicine.
“This video paints a portrait of a boy’s life with his father, while shedding light on the dark reality that he faces as an albino in Tanzania,” says Stevens. “Besides being rejected, ostracised, and persecuted due to superstitious beliefs, albinos in many areas of Sub-Saharan Africa live in fear of being hunted and killed.
This nightmare is a closely guarded reality that continues to threaten the lives of albinos in Tanzania. Authorities insist that this problem no longer exists, but the locals tell a very different story. There are still large numbers of albino children in hiding, and many compounds in Tanzania for albino children that as of recently are no longer allowed to be visited.”
Proceeds from the sale of the ‘Queen Mab’ single will be donated to organisations providing protection, healthcare, and educational services for albino children around the world. You can read more about the children’s plight in a story from The Atlantic.
Regina, her first release on GroundUP Music, also marks the first time Stevens has recorded solely under her own name, instead of as the Becca Stevens Band. Produced by Troy Miller, Regina features creative and performance collaborations with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, and the legendary David Crosby.
With Regina, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I. This expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, to songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally to Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.
Stevens will be touring extensively throughout 2017 with details to be announced shortly but you can catch her performing at Brixton Academy on May 5th with Snarky Puppy.
Watch the video here: