Imani Uzuri "DREAM CHILD" Directed by: Stacey Muhammad
Featuring Dancer / Choreographer Camille A. Brown
The Gypsy Diaries, Imani Uzuri's second album is an introspective, gentler companion to Uzuri’s high-voltage debut, Her Holy Water: A Black Girl's Rock Opera. On The Gypsy Diaries, Uzuri paints images of travel—the chance meeting, the surprise connection—and reflects in global tones on the nature of distance, love, and our shared, transcendent moments.
The mysterious figure on the moonlit railway platform, the passerby on the dusty road are not strangers; they are friends and fellow travelers, and to stunning vocalist and thoughtful, globally-inspired composer Imani Uzuri, they spark melodies and musical connections. With the beautiful growl of a blueswoman and the sweetness of a nightingale, Uzuri finds the deep ties that bind her rural Carolina roots to Eastern Europe and North Africa as well as ties that bind the purr of sitar strings and the ripple of Japanese folk flute to African-American traditions and the international arts underground. Born of worldly travels and spiritual travails, Uzuri’s rich acoustic songs on The Gypsy Diaries find fresh settings for unifying human experiences: the loss of loved ones, the joy of discovering, the alienation and shifts of moving, meeting, and departing.
“Ultimately, this album is about finding my place through the traveling,” Uzuri explains, “the communion, the loneliness, victories, sadness, losses, euphorias, revelations, transformations coming to understand that I am always here: home."
lyrics by Imani Uzuri
music by Imani Uzuri and Christian Ver Halen
Director: Stacey Muhammad
Editor: Stacey Muhammad
Director of Photography: RH Bless
Shot by: RH Bless and Stacey Muhammad
Art Director: OlaRonke Akinmowo
Still Photography: Petra Richterova
Make-up: Rebecca Casciano
Hair Color: Raina Jackson
Mystic/Choreographer/Dancer: Camille A. Brown
Mystic/ Guitarist: Christian Ver Halen
Mystic/Daf player: Neel Murgai
Siren: Imani Uzuri