Earlier this year, Navasha Daya blessed fans with the release of a cover of her late cousin Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Liberation Song (Red, Black And Green).” Her jazzy soul take on the song featuring Gary Bartz on alto sax is the lead single from her forthcoming album, Legacy (A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron). The collection will find Navasha putting her spin on songs by the pioneering artist who passed away in 2011. A decade later, Scott-Heron’s legacy does indeed continue as does the seemingly never-ending fight for Black Liberation. Daya harnesses that energy in the music video for “The Liberation Song (Red, Black And Green)” that we are proud to debut in a SoulBounce exclusive world premiere.
Filmed on location in her homebase of Baltimore, MD; her hometown of Cleveland, OH and around Washington, D.C., the visual is a family affair, with her husband filmmaker Fanon Hill behind the camera. Hill lovingly captures Navasha at various outdoor locations throughout the three cities. Dressed from head to toe in red, black and green, whether she’s performing the song at monuments and landmarks, convening with elders or simply walking down the street carrying a Black Liberation flag, she commands your full attention in every scene she’s in. She also shares screen time with a pair of dancers, families and groups of children showing both the rich culture, resilience and hopeful future of our cities and Black people.
“The Liberation Song (Red, Black And Green)” is a mere sample of what Navasha Daya has in store on Legacy (A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron). There’s no release date set for the project yet, but we cannot wait to hear what she does with more songs from Gil Scott-Heron’s songbook on the album. If anyone is qualified for such a monumental musical task, it’s Navasha Daya.