There aren’t many people that can call themselves a vocalist, music producer, multi-instrumentalist and a street artist but Natasha Awuku is one such person. Her new single ‘Flowers’ is out now on all major digital platforms.
Sitting somewhere between modern R&B and Neo-soul, ‘Flowers’ conveys a bittersweet mood featuring Natasha’s sultry vocals, soulful piano chords, and a mellow Caribbean rhythm all of which she self-produced and performed. Natasha wrote ‘Flowers’ to commemorate the passing of her Mother after a difficult battle with cancer and so the lyrics draw an analogy between the beauty and briefness of flowers in bloom and life itself.
A long-standing love of graffiti and street art drew Natasha into street art culture and she took to spraying walls as an expressive outlet. On the four year anniversary of her Mother’s passing, Natasha sprayed a mural in her memory featuring a humming bird and bold hibiscus flowers. Using this image for the single’s cover art was a fitting choice; “My Mother loved flowers. Flowers only bloom for a short while so you have to appreciate their beauty while they are around. And that’s the bittersweetness of life”.
The cover art was taken from a wall mural created by Natasha Awuku in memory of her Mother in 2020
'FLOWERS' - MUSIC VIDEO
New single 'FLOWERS' is OUT NOW on all major digital platforms
I started this wall mural on the anniversary of my Mum's passing in September 2020. I needed a way of paying homage on that bittersweet day and using my art felt like a fitting way to do this. My Mother was born in Jamaica where the national bird is a type of humming bird. so the hummer is a representation of my Mum complete with a halo.
Flower's were integral to the mural as my Mother absolutely loved flowers and gardening. She had no particular favourites so I chose the hibiscus flower; bright and tropical. I considered doing a green leafy background but as I began spraying I felt that a black backdrop lent something more contemporary.
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