Fresh off bodying every contribution he made to Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III and assisting Aloe Blacc on his new single (“Getting Started“), J.I.D keeps the momentum rolling with an appearance alongside Mereba in her new video for “Sandstorm.”
Taken off the Ethiopian-American singer’s The Jungle Is The Only Way Out album, the song reflects on the end of a relationship with deep, honest and beautiful introspection. And today, it’s been brought to life with help from Brooklyn-based director Dawit N.M.
“Dawit and I wanted to capture the black elegance we’ve seen in our Ethiopian families throughout our lives,” Mereba told Vogue. “We incorporated these regal east African elements with colors and jewels. I always used to just wear my hair in an afro, but recently started getting these braids. For me, it’s a way to challenge the idea that having straight hair is the only way to be regal. I haven’t straightened my hair in like eight years, so I wanted to get that sleek silhouette, but in a way that I can keep my hair natural.”