Medhanit is a Tasmanian-based singer-songwriter from Ethiopia. Not too long ago, she released an infectious Afropop single, titled, “Cold.”
Medhanit – “Cold” single
“Pull your curls back, make ‘em straighter. I want sunshine on my face, put your halo on the ground for me. You want a safe word; I don’t need saving. Colors and faces, and different stares from different people and places. So many reckless compulsions and it’s all faux devotion.” – lyrics
‘Cold’ is a testament to Medhanit’s exploration of Black joy and actively rejecting the notion of the Black experience as one solely of suffering. Through her music and visuals, she aims to challenge the warped perception of Blackness she internalized while growing up in a predominantly White community.
‘Cold’ also finds Medhanit delving into the complexities of her identity, showcasing the duality of her experiences as a Person of Color. She emphasizes that her Blackness is not limited to suffering, but rather it is a part of her that coexists with the joy and beauty in her life. Medhanit’s ability to express these experiences and emotions is a testament to her remarkable talent as an artist.
“You put words in my mouth, and I spit them out.”
“‘Cold’ comes from constant deliberation, when will People of Color be granted the space to be as multidimensional as any other? To be two, three, four things at once?” – Medhanit stated
‘Cold’ contains an 808-heavy chorus, which provides a pulsating energy that will keep listeners grooving. The song came from a collaborative writing session between Medhanit, Jack McLaine (Sumner), and Allan McConnell (Close Counters). Medhanit recalls how the groove in the studio filled the room, and the lyrics seemed to fall effortlessly into the microphone. Jack produced the track and enlisted the work of world-class session musicians, Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent) on drums and Ben Edgar (Angus & Julia Stone, Passenger) on guitar.
Medhanit’s exploration of Black joy and the complexity of identity is a reflection of her lived experiences and a testament to her growth as an artist. Her passion for music has been with her since childhood, as she spent much of her early life napping in her dad’s music store’s sound room. With her music, Medhanit seeks to evoke emotions that resonate with her listeners, from feelings of broken and divine love to jealousy, conflict, and peace. Her songs are an assertive blend of youthful production and introspective lyrics, influenced by her musical inspirations such as Tkay Maidza, Mura Masa, Angie McMahon, and Lorde.
Medhanit has continued to captivate audiences with her performances at festivals such as Mona Foma, Party In The Paddock, Taste of Tasmania, Falls Festival, Junction Arts Festival, and Faux Mo. In 2022, Medhanit had the opportunity to join Australian legends, Pnau, as one of their live singers. Her performance on Holy Holy’s Triple J Like A Version cover of Post Malone & Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” is a testament to her growing influence in the music industry. With more singles in the works for 2023, Medhanit is on her way to becoming a household name.
Medhanit – “Cold” single
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