Princess Nokia Summons All the Good Witches in Her Video for “Brujas”
- Kimberly B. Johnson
In September, Princess Nokia – New York’s 24-year-old afro-boricua answer to hip hop – debuted her latest mixtape dubbed 1992; it was an unapologetic, 9-track ode to all things gully and bad bitch-approved courtesy of the Spanish Harlem and the Lower Eastside-rasied Destiny Frasqueri, a.k.a Princess Nokia. The tape features production credits from the likes of Lex Luger, Atrak and Benny Blanco.
Full of bruja activity, the visuals follow Nokia and a gaggle of ladies as they gather in the woods practicing the Santería and Yoruba religions.
Today, Princess Nokia debuts a new music video for one of the more occult-filled tracks on her mixtape with the Benny Blanco and DJ Bass Bear-produced track “Brujas.” Co-directed by Asli Baykal and Frasqueri herself, the video showcases the multiple layers of Princess Nokia and her celebrated Afro-Latina identity. Full of bruja (witch) activity, the visuals follow Nokia and a gaggle of ladies as they gather in the woods practicing the Santería and Yoruba religions. In the clip, Nokia gives considerable nods to deities from the Yoruba religion dubbed Orishas who were worshipped for their god-like characteristics and powers.
The video begins with curly-haired brown women dressed in all-white holding hands in a body water as an indigenous song is sung by singer Djali Cepeda Brown. In the center of the circle stands a woman wearing traditional Yoruba garments depicting blue and white, the colors of Yemayá, the maternal, tender, yet fierce Orisha who represents the water. As the video plays on we watch as Nokia and her covenant gather to pray, play and do spiritual readings. All the occult activity nods back to the magic of brujas and the African Diaspora culture they’re birthed from. Feel the vibes in Princess Nokias’ latest video for “Brujas” above.