Queens-Raised Colombian Vocalist STEFA* Unearths The Past On “Sepalina”

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STEFA* describes her debut six-track EP as “music to listen to while everything is burning down.” It’s a more than accurate description for lead single and EP title track “Sepalina,” a chilling, post-apocalyptic meditation on identity that taps into STEFA*’s Colombian-Indigenous roots. Sepalina takes inspiration from a shocking family secret involving her grandmother, personal mysteries still halfway unsolved. We’re pleased to premiere STEFA*’s striking music video for “Sepalina.” Co-directed by Cristobal Guerra Naranjo and STEFA*, these avant-garde visuals were filmed in Ayampe, Ecuador, Bear Mountain, New York, and Brooklyn. Watch the powerful new video above.

Read a statement from STEFA* about the forthcoming Sepalina EP, out September 14 via Figure & Ground.

“I felt I had to go back in time in order to begin to understand my present. I started looking up anything I could find online of the Emberá-Chamí, people–chants, songs–I found one and tried transcribing what they were singing, listening and writing down whatever vowel sounds and phrases I could hear forming–and so I transcribed ‘Sepalina'”
Angel E. Fraden

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