Kelela has returned with her first new song in five years, ‘Washed Away’. The track comes paired with a music video directed by Yasser Abubeker and shot in the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia. Watch and listen below.
“I love a banger, but for the first point of contact out of my hiatus, it felt more honest to lead with an ambient heart-check,” Kelela said of the song in a press release. “I specifically want to speak to marginalized Black folk and highlight the work we do to find renewal in a world that’s built to make us feel inadequate. This song is the soundtrack to the relief we find after going inward.”
Kelela released her debut album, Take Me Apart, in 2017.