Feature: Beckah Amani – Waiting On You
Born in Tanzania, Beckah relocated to Australia with her family at the age of eight and has spent a young lifetime gathering stories and navigating her sense of self.
In her new release Waiting On You, Beckah celebrates this rich cultural lineage, inspired to honour her heritage.
Being immersed in a culture that celebrates music from all over, made me feel accepted in producing an afro-leaning track, and I’m excited to share it with the world.
“The percussive elements and drum rhythms on ‘Waiting On You’ were influenced by Burundian drumming.” Beckah details. “It was really important to me to tap into my heritage for this track and be proud of this musical root.“
Behind the lyrics Beckah reveals, “ ‘Waiting On You’ is about waiting on someone to care about you as much as you care about them. The song hinges on the lyrics “what will it take for you to care”. It really sucks being in a position where you give so much of yourself but you don’t receive the same energy back. You waste so much time waiting to be noticed but you never do.”
To accompany the release, Beckah shares the official music video captured at Somerset House and Walthamstow Marshes in London. The gorgeous visual was directed by award-winning British film director Jess Colquhoun and produced by Lauren Mills and creative producers from Child Studios, Josh Renaut and Buster Grey-Jung.
“Shooting this music video was so magical as it’s the first video I’ve made in London and it was shot on film. The concept behind the music video was to capture cinematic visuals that conveyed the strong and universal emotions explored in the songs, which are waiting and longing for someone.” Beckah continues: Shooting in film really helped to transfer those emotions in abstract and poetic vignettes that unfold like a series of daydreams or memories.”
Waiting On You is available NOW.