“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times”Nina Simone_
“O Wasso Wara” Music Video
‘O Wasso Wara’ means ‘Your Soul Is Beautiful’ in Mandjak. (native language of Poundo. This track is an ode to women.
In a world where one constantly questions the legitimacy of women’s actions, social positions or appearance, ‘O Wasso Wara’ is a message of hope and encouragement for those who do not cease to reinvent themselves and fight for their dreams. Visually, the music video transcends Poundo’s dream: a benevolent sisterhood imbued with spirituality.
‘O Wasso Wara’ is like a dream, a desire for space and freedom. Relieved from the weight of social conventions, Poundo and her 4 spiritual sisters let their emotions speak through their dance, body, nature and spirit.
The last stage of this spiritual journey takes us to the heart of the Saint-Quentin basilica with its marble labyrinth. A high place of pilgrimage from the 12th century, this maze represents the long road to paradise for the penitent. Like a resurrection, the 5 ‘sisters’ meet here to complete their journey and unveil their past in the privacy of this sacred place.
Thus, liberated and deified, they are paving the way for all women.
Poundo encourages each of them to celebrate their past, live their present and invent their future. Because remember… whatever happens, their soul is beautiful.
“We Are More” Music Video
It’s a homecoming story. As if they have come from a distant land, Poundo and her mystical lions land on the banks of Dakar to spread their creative energy.
From the historic Medina district to the Agit’Art Laboratory on the old Malian market, Poundo, armed with her mantra “We Are More”, takes possession of the city to loudly proclaim her return to the land of her ancestors.
“We Are More” is more than a message, it is a real manifesto, a thunderous appeal to the youth, urging them to regain the pride of their origins and take charge of their own future.
Proud of her history, proud of her origins, Poundo sings and dances a strong and forward-looking Africa.
She also pays a final tribute to the famous Senegalese sculptor and poet Joe Ouakam who died in 2017. He was an emblematic figure of the Agit’Art movement, born in the early 70s, which was advocating total and radical artistic independence.
Thus, “We Are More” highlights the beauty of the continent and its vital forces where art, music and dance are an infinite engine of creation and freedom.