Deva Mahal ‘Stand In’
Written by Admin on August 31, 2020
This week’s Local Eyes is from Deva Mahal, ‘Stand In’ is co-produced by Marika Hodgson aka Sorrento. The beautifully shot video is directed by Petra Cibilich.
Mahal was born with blues in her blood. She shares, “I come from a long line of storytellers and musical conjurers”. Mahal’s vision of becoming an artist was solidified here in Aotearoa performing alongside Fat Freddy’s Drop, Rhombus, Sola Rosa, The Little Bushman, Ladi6, Lisa Tomlins, Hollie Smith, Anika Moa and Olmecha Supreme.
Mahal returned to Aotearoa from the States early 2020 on the back of a successful release of her debut studio record Run Deep. She was however struck with devastating medical news which challenged her identity as a woman. Then the pandemic hit which led to her rediscovering her Aotearoa roots and re-imagining her future. What emerged was a time of deep healing emotionally and physically and the inspiration to write “Stand In”. This song is an important work because the message is an empowering one that many people can connect with.
Alongside this release of Stand In, Deva Mahal announce two live shows:
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