Amaal Nuux Champions Diversity and Solidarity on ‘Last Ones': Video Premiere
In times of political and social turmoil, music can often provide an escape from the grim realities of our imperfect world. Sometimes, however, it’s more important to tackle the issues head-on through the very art we seek comfort in, something which can ultimately provide catharsis. On “Last Ones,” Amaal Nuux creates a sonic space for both healing and empowerment.
A civil war refugee, Nuux immigrated with her Muslim family from Somalia to Toronto in 1991. Since first pursuing music, the singer-songwriter has focused on crafting socially conscious songs, and “Last Ones” is no different: An anthem for all the oppressed and marginalized communities in the world, the sweeping, poignant ballad packs a powerful message about solidarity and the beauty of multiculturalism.
“I wrote this song after speaking with my youngest sister who was sharing with me the pressures she feels as a teenager,” Nuux shares of the gorgeous track.
“She is a young, black Muslim girl and wears a hijab. There’s so much religious and racial tension happening in the world right now and to see my baby sister hurting due to these issues brought me a great deal of pain,” she continues. “This song was for her and all people around the world who are facing oppression, identity issues and feel marginalized. I hope with this song you can find strength in your resilience and have this as your motivational pick me up.”
The clip itself is a moving celebration of diversity, as the crystal-voiced artist sings, “They tried to take all of our pieces / Hiding the ways but don’t ever count us out / ‘Cause we will be the last ones down” while members from various global communities and cultural backgrounds dance.
“I knew from the very beginning I wanted the video to represent people in not only my life but to display diversity from around the world,” she explains. “I am so fortunate to have been raised in a city like Toronto where there is so much multiculturalism. I want to use this platform to celebrate who we are.”
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