A true artist is someone who is fearless. How many of us can attain that state where we have no fear in freeing our persona? Rakan Solomon walks in this perilous road between controversy and craft as part of his self-expression. As a big fan of avant garde singer/songwriters, he carved his own musical path a few years ago. Then he disappeared from social media. All the while he was cultivating what is now called #FreeThePersona. Watch the video below:
I think what draws me to his art is his unapologetic self-expression. We live in a world where people are divided by cultural and racial tensions. This is an era of change. Nothing escapes social media and it is both something of a blessing and a curse-which fuels the anger of those who try to hold on to bigotry brought about by religious tradition.
“If used wisely, conflicts can set you free.” This is the statement that accompanies the teaser video. Perhaps that is true. It’s like when you have lived long enough under the shadow of politeness and habit that confronting the powers that be is hard. And then something happens. And you speak your mind out. You do something. You start a revolution….
RAKANS – #FreeThePersona – Teaser Video
If used wisely, conflicts can set you free.
Directed by: Mohamed Moe Sabbah
Concept by: RAKANS and Mohamed Moe Sabbah
Styled by: Ramy Saad
Music: LÜJAH, from the upcoming album LÜJAH
Produced and composed by: RAKANS
Musical post-production: Zeid Hamdan, Marc Codsi, LU Studio
Video available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Lqrk9hOvBws