Beyoncé almost (or actually) broke the internet when she released her visual album Lemonade. One of the videos people are still talking about is the one for the song titled Sorry since it debuted just a few days ago.
The video was loaded with a mixture of different African cultures and symbols, from the costumes of her dancers to her own costume.
The Kenyan Masai Necklaces
Kenyan’s are known to be great at beading. Their traditional Masai necklaces are usually elaborate beaded pieces in bright colors, and are stacked one on top of the other.
The Egyptian Nefertiti/ 1930’s Congolese Woman Look
One of her hairstyles (yes that’s braided hair, not a hat!) was what seems to be a cross between a custom practiced by the Mangbetu people of Congo way back in the 1930’s and the head-gear of Egyptian queen Nefertiti during the 14th century B.C. Nefertiti, whose name means “a beautiful woman has come”, was known for her power and elegant beauty. A bust of Nefertiti is a very iconic symbol of Egypt. I can only imagine how many hours it took it get the hair braided this way to recreate the look.
African Print Fabric
And of course, there was a lot of African print fabric or Ankara, as some people call it.
If I got any of the cultural facts on Kenya, Congo or Egypt wrong, or left anything out, forgive me! Please comment below and let me know my mistake and also let me know your thoughts on her approach to this video. Did she overdo the “Africanness”? The album and the video seem to have caused quite a stir (both negative and positive).
For those of you that may not have seen the video and want to see it, here you go. Let me warn you in advance, though, that some of the lyrics are quite explicit.
The art work in the blog header was created by Lisa Sterle (you can find her work here). All other pictures for this post were sourced from Google images.