Award-winning music duo HuDost are back with a press new single, “Beat the Drum Harder”, and mesmerizing music video to accompany the release.
Led by Montreal, QC artist Moksha Sommer, and Bowling Green, KY artist Jemal Wade Hines, the song is from HuDost’s forthcoming November 2021 album, Anthems of Home.
“The single addresses our disconnection from — and harm of — the planet, and our awakening to the needed return,” the band says. “It is a joyous and celebratory call for us to open our ears and consciousness to the heartbeat of the earth that brings us back to the source.”
For the music video, HuDost was able to partner with esteemed choreographer Rebecca Steinberg and accomplished videographer Sam Boyette. They worked with the WKU Dance Program & WKU Dance Company and involved almost 20 additional dancers.
“The creation process was challenging as all preparations were done within the restraints of Covid,” HuDost recalls. “Rehearsals were conducted via zoom, and all preparation was done separately.
“It was only on the day of filming that everyone came together in-person, freshly vaccinated, and delighted to work. That in-person union was a symbolic mirroring of the greater message of the song and video…
“Even if we are estranged or isolated from our greater source, the return can and will happen.”
Moksha Sommer grew up in the mountains of southern Quebec and, through her entire childhood, her parents fought for the conservation of Mount Pinnacle (land of the Western Abenakis) that they were fortunate enough to call “home.” The land was finally protected, and the struggle and fortune of the process taught Sommer a great deal about what it truly means to respect the land and live in alliance with it.
HuDost have been committed advocates/activists for ONE (non-profit organization) for several years, and have learned a great deal about music as a form of advocacy. “Beat the Drum Harder” reflects that in subtle, but accessible ways.
Check out the video below, and stay up to date with HuDost via their socials.
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