2020 was an eventful year for the artist Aurelia Dey. She has used the pandemic period to create new dancehall and afrobeat music as well as curate a newly produced concert experience and a new web series. Aurelia Dey describes herself as a black womanist and wants to entertain, enlighten and show the world her Ghanaian-Swede heritage. Through dance, music, acting, and dialog she is constantly finding new ways of expression. Her new track ‘Huntress’ was released on the 23rd of April and it is as captivating as it is powerful; a testament to female empowerment and the power of femininity.
This song is a perfect boost of female empowerment, it’s all about and breaking down stereotypes and being a huntress – brave and ambitious. Creating a boundary-pushing track that exudes liberal feminism; fighting against gender norms and gender associations. It addresses reclaiming your space and taking back command, not just in a relationship, but in any area of life. The dancehall beats enhance the amusingly metaphoric yet sensual references to the feeling that “I’m in charge”. Dey clearly wants to inspire her listeners to feel and embrace these feelings.
With her musical influences ranging from the likes of Aaliyah, All Saints, and En Vogue and her artistic comparisons noted as Nina Simone and Spice, it is no wonder that Aurelia Dey’s essence of female empowerment and depth shine through her artistic endeavors. Spirited by her connection to mental health, anti-racism, and a female warrior archetype, she has successfully managed to intertwine her dedication to influential change among listeners with a modern dancehall and afrobeat twist. She has worked closely with both Partillo productions and Lance-a-lot productions, as well as performing with Syster Sol and Cleo.
She describes “Huntress” as a way of acknowledging a new level of liberal feminism whilst cultivating a profound connection to diversity. Her lyrics read; “Yes you can call me Katniss or Xena warrior princess, if you don’t come over here, I will hunt you down with the spear, grown woman have no fear”. This example alone holy articulates the quintessence of the unshakable female power that she exhibits.
Aurelia Dey shows an abundance of intrigue, whether it be in relation to her exciting Nordic and Ghanaian identity, the addition of dancers on stage as part of her live shows, or her use of mixing Afro Punk with a sense of Royalty. Her work continues to be filled with elements of nature and depth which perfectly tie in with her aim to be represented as down-to-earth, fierce, and most importantly, human.
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