Black Violin debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.
The duo — Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste — debuted the video for its new single ‘One Step’ Friday through The Root. The song, which features three story lines — one about school shootings, another about the issue of immigration, and the third about police brutality — is taken from the duo’s 2019 album Take The Stairs.
Marcus talked about the song during his interview with the staff of The Root.
“‘One Step’ intends to take the audience on an emotional ride and inspire them to think about a hopeful future,” he said. “Every moment of the video touches on subjects with which we are familiar. Both me and Wil are first-generation American citizens and have firsthand experience with our country’s immigration system. Wil immigrated to the United states as a child and has experience with being mistreated by our broken system.”
The debut of Black Violin’s new video Friday coincided with the second anniversary of the fatal shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Marcus, who is related to a student at the school, talked about that in relation to the duo’s new song and video.
“I grew up 10 minutes from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and had a family member in class during the assault in 2018,” he said. “Children deserve to be protected, yet our society chooses to turn a blind eye to the rights and lives of our youngest citizens. If artists like us remain quiet, and don’t use our platforms to at least keep the conversation going, then we are doing a disservice to our community. this video is a reflection of the current world around us. The question is: How will we change it for the better?”
Baptiste expanded on Marcus’ comments.
“in so many different capacities, our humanity is challenged at every turn,” he said. “How we combat the revolving loss of our you ones will solely depend on us. the HOPE is that we will accept our individual roles. We will need each other in order to accomplish this task, which at times, may seem impossible. it starts with being comfortable with the mirror. We have to be truly willing to accept the past in order to move toward a beautiful future. I believe the impossible is possible.”
In an effort to make the impossible possible, Black Violin launched the nonprofit organization Black Violin Foundation Inc. last year. The agency works to empower young people by providing access to quality music programs in their communities.
Take The Stairs‘ track listing is noted below.
Black Violin is in the midst of a tour in support of its new album. The next stop on the pair’s tour is scheduled to take place Thursday in Tampa FL. The tour’s upcoming schedule also features performances in cities, such as Wilmington, DE; Turlock, CA and Bend, OR.
Black Violin’s tour schedule is noted below.
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