Glendal Tautua & Khingz Launch 'Woah' MV Discussing Gun Violence & Grief


In September 2020, Glendal Tautua launched his debut album Bonnie In Greenwood with OTOW Information that blended R&B, hip-hop, and the standard Samoan music that Tautua grew up with. Westside Seattle praised its “intricately organized, multi-part harmonies, interspersed with rap.” Now Tautua has returned with a brand new music video for his B.I.G. single “Woah,” remixed with a characteristic from Seattle Rapper Khingz.

The video opens in a church, and Christian themes permeate all through, however there is not any heavy-handed non secular moralizing. As an alternative, the faith-based parts act as a distinction to the video’s different scenes. We see individuals playing on a metropolis road, clients in a comfort retailer, and two kids combating over a gun, with tragic penalties.

The music video directed by Harry Clear & the Manzano Brothers is filmed in White Middle (Seattle, WA). The placement alternative is deeply private. Tautua grew up in White Middle and retains robust connections there. The music video might be seen as a melancholy love letter to the realm, with particular resonance for fellow White Middle residents.

White Middle is not the one grounding affect in Tautua’s music. He attracts inspiration from his Samoan heritage as nicely. “Within the Samoan tradition, we inform tales,” he says. “Our historical past and traditions are handed down orally. We take satisfaction in our descriptive and delightful language, and I too needed to inform tales. My story.”

Tautua describes his childhood as “tough.” His household struggled in opposition to poverty. In 2006, his two brothers had been killed in gun violence, and the scenes of two younger boys squabbling over a gun evoke this tragedy. In line with the somber tone of the music, the music video is devoted to Tautua’s deceased brothers.

A collection of high-profile shootings within the early months of 2021 reignited discussions about gun violence. These discussions had been particularly related to White Middle and different cities in Washington’s King County, the place gun violence spiked throughout 2020.

Tautua’s “Woah” does not ship platitudes about gun violence or simplistic political messages. The lyrics discuss with “the shot that killed my brother,” however the music does not dwell on it, simply because it does not dwell on the Christian imagery. The music and music video go deeper, addressing the subtler features of rising up in a tough neighborhood, like the youngsters who “dream of visas and a passport” that will permit them to flee their environment.‌

“Woah” reminds viewers of the ripple results of tragedy: the members of the family misplaced, the younger lives reduce quick, the lingering results of grief. Rap is usually characterised by swagger and bravado, however Tautua takes the style in a distinct path. In “Woah,” he blends rap with soul to create a musical automobile for self-expression.

From the depiction of White Middle within the music video to the backing of OTOW Information, Glendal Tautua’s “Woah” is a real piece of Seattle tradition. It represents one other step ahead for the proficient younger artist.

Watch ‘Woah’

Supply: OTOW Information