A Ghanian-Swedish singer, actress, dancer and producer, and the owner of The Dancehall College in Gothenburg, Aurelia Dey has been keeping herself busy in recent months. Alongside her ‘Sunday Service Talks’ online web series that has seen her discuss current affairs in Africa with important guests such as Salem Yohanes, Segal Mohamed and Amanda Pombeshe has been channelling her music influences of All Saints, En Vogue and Aaliyah. Dey has used the pandemic period to create new Afrobeat and Dancehall music and continue finding new ways of expression – whether it be through dance, acting or R&B music – to enlighten, entertain and show the world her Ghanian-Swedish heritage, all under the concept of ‘Sunday Service’ – her brand new album. Dey’s new single is ‘Huntress’, the perfect summer anthem to boost black female empowerment.
Through her production, ‘Huntress’ finds Day on a boundary-breaking track that exudes liberal feminism, breaking gender norms, becoming just that – a huntress who is bold, ambitious and brave. She describes the new track ‘Huntress’ to acknowledge a new level of liberal feminism whilst cultivating a profound connection to diversity. Her lyrics read:
“Yes you can call me Katniss or Xena warrior princess, if you don’t come over here, I will hunt you down with a Spear, grown woman have no fear”.
This example alone wholly articulates her quintessence of the unshakable female power that she exhibits. With propulsive basslines and a modern Afrobeat twist to boot, her message is to take command in any area of your life to claim space. Dey wants to inspire her listeners to feel and embrace these authoritative feelings of “I’m in charge” with the explosive Dancehall beats that enhance the funny metaphoric sensual references, spirited by her own connection to antiracism and mental health in her female warrior allegory.
By drawing comparisons to Nina Simone and Spice, or working closely with both Partillo Productions and Lance-a-Lot Productions, and performing with Cleo and Syster Sol, Aurelia Dey shows an abundance of intrigue. Her work continues to be polished with explorations of nature and depth, which perfectly tie in with her aim to be represented as down to Earth, fierce, and, most crucially, human.
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Words by Jacob Braybrooke