I’ve said before that Lous and the Yakuza (real name Marie-Pierra Kakoma) is a knife-sharp artist. Everything from her rolling French lyrics, to the choreography of her videos slices through the fabric of her music.
Now with “Solo”, she’s asking candid questions about the position of black women in the world with the sort of unashamed honesty which solidly hits home, even through translated lyrics stamped across the bottom of the screen.
“Why isn’t black a colour of the rainbow?” she purrs (in French, don’t ask me to spell that) through a hollow, percussive foundation. Almost everything about this track is a whole lot gentler than you might expect of her. The sound is rhythm-rooted and easy. Her body, tall and willowy, moves to the throaty lyrics in the accompanying visual.
She’s dressed in red, braids whirling around her head, as she moves through an empty warehouse room. The camera spins and moves with her, resulting in a motion-led secondary artistry in this release. It’s all about the loneliness which strikes time and time again as a result of being born with black skin in a Westernised world. She spits fire at society through sizzling lyrics.
It’s a conversation to be had – and as she explains candidly in a recent Instagram caption, “We still gotta fight to be heard and that’s a fucking shame.”