The world is a pretty big place. Sometimes we all get so caught in our own little bubbles that we tend to forget that other people, cultures and histories exist outside of our own. Thankfully, there are artists like Yuna who are willing to share so richly the culture in which they were reared. The singer-songwriter, who we last heard from when she covered Post Malone‘s “Better Now,” does that with her latest single and video “Forevermore.”
For the track, Yuna taps into her Malaysian heritage by fusing her R&B stylings with her sounds from her native land — including brilliant use of the Kompang drum. Filling things out are airy, atmospheric synths crafted by none other than Robin Hannibal. While the song is beautiful, the video for the single is absolutely gorgeous. Yuna shows off her native land impressively in the clip, which is directed by her hubby Adam Sinclair. We get to see landmarks, the colorful countryside and the people as the video plays. But, most importantly, Yuna shows us some of Malaysia’s unique culture through dancers and some things that are surprisingly familiar (like a nighttime stop at a Ferris wheel). It all just goes to show that we grow stronger by not only realizing our similarities but also embracing our differences. It also embraces the age-old adage that there’s no place like home.
“‘Forevermore’ is a song that I wrote about coming from a small country,” Yuna said in a press release. “I grew up in a small town and how that made me strive to be the best that I can be. When I was young I couldn’t wait to leave and see the world, but that made me able to appreciate my hometown more.”
Get a look at Yuna’s “Forevermore” when you press play below.