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MV Throwback: Raveena – “Honey”

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Inspired by 70s and 90s era R&B, soul singer Raveena (Raveena Aurora) is an expert at crafting sensual pop songs. With already one project to her name (last year’s dreamy Shanti EP), the New York based Indian-American artist already seems to be on track to releasing more similarly calming music if her recent releases are of any indication. Her latest, “Honey”, is another luscious R&B hit–slow, sweet, and soothing just like the titular substance it’s named after.

However, the music video for “Honey”, which is decorated in yellows and reminiscent of the glamorous 70s era, is quite another achievement in itself. Especially in the soul/R&B genre, Indian-American artists are largely underrepresented (aside from maybe Norah Jones), and Raveena seems to use her position as a singer to make parts of her culture more visible. Never does she shy away from wearing traditional Indian jewelry like tikkas and decorative nose rings in her videos, and the intimate close-ups on herself and her henna tattoos are indicators that she knows exactly what she’s doing.

But it’s not like Raveena to keep the spotlight all to herself–the video also features other ethnic minorities who rarely get their moment in music videos nowadays, both male and female. Just like she did in her video for “Sweet Time”, Raveena uses her videos to visualise a world where people from every background equally is represented and loved.

Check out the video for “Honey” below:

Artist pages: Facebook | Spotify

Check out “Honey” and other Asian/Asian-American music on our Discovery Playlist!

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Li-Wei Chu

Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think. He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.

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