Melanin by Sauti Sol featuring Patoranking is African men celebrating dark, melanated skin. The boys team up with popular Nigerian artist Patoranking to celebrate women with dark skin and advocates for self- love. This fusion of dancehall and afro- pop had me missing home the first time I put it on. The music video initially was in hot pepper soup, because the boring and conservative Kenyan Film and Classification Board thought of it as too explicit *yawn*. The group has come from so far to where they are now performing on international stages, so it’s no surprise that the video racked up 1M views in just 5 days. It has been said that a lot of the reason as to why the song got popular so quickly is due to the efforts by the Board to ban the video from mainstream media, either way issa tune.
Melanin is the first track out of the boys’ upcoming album so I’m so very excited to see what else Sauti Sol has in store.
Check out Melanin below.