The debut single from Qbanaa came out a few weeks ago and featured in the Irish tracks column, and today, a video directed by Niamh Bryson, has been released. It was shot in Dublin, and makes a good job of making it look like it was somewhere more exotic, and like the song inspirations is giving The Little Mermaid vibes.
“The song was inspired by 1989 and 2008 movie The Little Mermaid – I’m sure people will think ‘oh that’s a bit weird’. But if you look into it, there’s some insane soul and beautiful ethereal sounds in there that I took inspiration from. The movie is all about the unconditional nature of pure love, and the universal power of music, which really resonated with me growing up and carries the theme of Truth and Desire, it was the first thing I thought of when I opened the track.”
With the artist named after her Cuban heritage, ‘Truth And Desire’ is a bilingual track of neo-soul shades, and comes after time spent in school choirs, as a dancer (salsa was frequent) and growing up in North Frederick Street Flats in Dublin city. The debut song came after Qbanaa moved to London to pursue music, and the track is produced by Mickzart.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.