‘Be My Woman’ is a lover’s plea to take a relationship to the next level; from a now to a forever. The song is a heartfelt one where the sweet melodies and vocals of Mi Casa’s J’Something complement M.anifest’s silky and macho baritone and shy ask for a woman’s attention.
M.anifest’s prolific writing and wordplay are on full display with the smooth voice and soulful songwriting of J’Something punctuating the sentiments of the rapper. This mid tempo banger is a hybrid of sounds with a groovy guitar melody reminiscent of a Southern African folk style against the backdrop of Hip-Hop 808s. It has Mike Millz (Ghana) on the production with horns from Mi Casa’s Mo-T.
The video was shot by the film company Callback Dreams. The video’s director, Makere Thekiso has a lot of great things to say about working with M.anifest, as he has worked with him before on a yet-to-be-released short film shot in Ghana. ”The beautiful thing about working with M.anifest is that you get to try different things. He is down for whatever. I will even shoot his music videos for free. I love his music, and also, he’s always willing to be creative”.
The concept of the video is that the protagonist, played by Itumeleng Modise, is waking up in her house, and preparing to go see a M.anifest and Mi Casa performance. But she is in a dreamy world, in which M.anifest keeps appearing, but he doesn’t see her.
It’s also clear M.dot pays attention to detail. From the costumes to the aesthetic, there are signs of Afrofuturism. Take for instance the video for ‘Jigah’, his collaboration with South African rapper HHP, where the two rappers masquerade as African dictators, dressed in military coats and colourful kufis. The collaboration itself is intact – the two rappers go back and forth, exchanging bars.
M.anifest says he makes sure collaborations are never forced, and it’s clear he doesn’t just go for a popular artist for the sake of the name. ”Even if I admire that artist”, he says, ”the song I’m working on has to call for them. Sometimes I might be working on a song and I hear a particular voice in it”.
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