Credit: Aluna George/Mad Decent
Aluna released her second solo single ‘Warrior,’ produced with British artist and multi-instrumentalist, SG Lewis. "Warrior is a portrait of a woman in the shadows.” Aluna reveals. “She has to see herself, instead of waiting for others, by calling on that Warrior spirit, the one that makes us fearless enough to be ourselves."
‘Warrior’ was intended for an earlier release, but out of respect to George Floyd and his family, Aluna decided to hold off and focus toward the more important issues, also using the time to share her experiences as a black woman in music and specifically, in dance music; "I set myself the challenge to reclaim a space in dance music for black women, a space currently saturated by white cis males. Music is one of the ways I fight and my weapon is joy, making sure those who have felt like they are not invited to the party know that they ARE the party. We have to keep fighting, but also……keep dancing along the road to equality.”
Listen to ‘Warrior’ featuring SG Lewis HERE.
Aluna signed with Los Angeles based record label Mad Decent and shares: "In the past when performing on the stages of my white male peers, I always felt like a visitor being one of the few Black women I could see, so it never fully occurred to me to claim dance music as my music, as an artist, even though it was at the heart of my connection to music. Then I looked at the history of dance music and saw how, for example, Chicago House, known as the invention of house music, was pioneered in the Black and Latino LGTBQ+ communities which gave me inspiration to stake my flag in the ground as a Black woman in dance music by taking control of production and songwriting with my own vibe.”
On signing to Mad Decent, record label founder and long-time friend Diplo shared,"I've been a fan of Aluna for years - her voice, her style and her way of putting records together. Having her sign to Mad Decent feels like a family reunion - can't wait to get these records out to everyone. Huge project for Mad Decent."