Edited by DONNA BALANCIA
South African songwriter Tuelo gives insights into parental influence with the video for her track “Saint Margaret.”
Tuelo, whose full name is Tuelo Minah, kicks off her U.S. tour on Oct. 30th at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall and wraps at The Hotel Cafe on Nov. 21.
The track for “Saint Margaret” was originally released in 2017 but the new video for it reinforces the themes of honor, nurture and remembrance. The video incorporates the use of totems in appreciation for the support Tuelo received from her mother.
Filmed at a farm house outside of Santa Fe de Antioquia in Colombia, and starring her creative-musical collaborator Kevin Wenzel, the video tells a story of selfless giving and love. The visual sets the scene for what is expected to evolve into a multi-part music film which will unveil itself along with Tuelo’s debut album.
“I wrote the song Saint Margaret for my mother,” Tuelo said. “I wanted to remember how mum has always been a source of refuge, how kind, generous and important she is to me. She loves flowers, but lives in the desert, so the setting for the shoot was what I imagined her dream garden would be like.
“In the video, I symbolically used the ‘languages of love’ from an African perspective to convey the story of a journey,” Tuelo said. “… Giving power through a walking stick, being cleansed with water, being fed (mum loves to feed people), and in parts of Africa after a funeral the family is given new shoes/sandals to wear as a symbol of ‘moving on.’ The last element is the necklace as a remembrance of the grace of mum,” Tuelo said.
Watch ‘Saint Margaret’ here:
TUELO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
High Watt, Nashville, TN
LO-FI Lounge, Indianapolis, IN
20 Front Street, Lake Orion, MI
Uncommon Ground Lakeview, Chicago, IL
Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
The Bur Oak, Madison, WI
High Dive, Seattle, WA
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Portland, OR
The Battery, San Francisco, CA
Lost Church Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, CA
The Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, CA