With Teletele, Falana sings against police brutality
Inspired by the SARS protests, rising act, Victoria Falana has released a new single titled, Teletele. The track, is a beautiful yet powerful protest song that speaks out against police brutality inflicted on innocent people anywhere in the world.
Written, produced and performed by Falana, the song was initially just a video of Falana singing the songs and playing piano, which she posted on Instagram.
The lyrics, sung in English and her mother tongue, Yoruba, was for her, the best way to communicate the very sudden come down from the high of the protests, to her sadness at the news of innocent protesters being shot at by police and the army in Lagos, where she lives.
According to Falana, “On October 21, in a state of helplessness, I wrote a song to process shock, pain, disappointment, and fear. Initially, I did not have the intention to record it, but the response and the message resonated so strongly with people on social media that I felt if I did not, I would be ignoring our most fundamental duty as artists – to reflect the times.”
These request from fans for the release of the song led to Falana recording and producing the track online with collaborators from the UK, Spain, Ghana and Nigeria.
Falana added that the simple message is that police violence against innocent citizens should not be tolerated and has to stop. “It is as much a problem in Nigeria and Africa, as it is in the USA. Whether it’s the killing of a nameless young boy in Nigeria, or George Floyd in the USA, we can all, in our own way, take a stand against violence or the killing of innocent citizens by institutions who are meant to protect all its citizens.”
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