Creative tour de force, Samuel Gaskin is a creator and change advocate who makes culturally centered pop music for the masses. Samuel’s work spreads across the music, performing arts and media industries, activating audiences with his prolific talent and staunch advocacy as a queer artist of African, New Zealand and European roots. After debuting his ambitious and highly successful stage production, RECKŌNING: Te Waiata Paihere Wairua – The Sounds of Woven Souls last year, Samuel Gaskin is thrilled to now present his magnum opus sister release in the form of new single and video, RECKŌNING.
Out today, RECKŌNING is an intercultural exploration into indigeneity and ancestry. The single and its accompanying video were birthed from a creative curiosity that sought to discover what would happen if Samuel took indigenous songwriters from Aotearoa, New Zealand and Te Whēnua Moemoeā, (Land of the Dreamtime) Australia into a room with a sound healer and a pop music producer. The result is an arresting multi-sensory celebration of Indigenous joy that dismantles outdated ideas of identity, expression and genre through an intersectional lens.
The captivating video is a collaboration with Samuel’s partner and Beat Entertainment Artistic Director, Johnny Hamilton and female empowered Production House, Majella Productions and features a star-studded cast of 20 First Nations Aboriginal & Māori performers. It’s powerful, raw truth telling mixed with uplifting beats and a whole bunch of Mana (spirit) in a gorgeous intertwining of both Māori & Aboriginal culture. Johnny Hamilton explains, “RECKŌNING for me is a visual representation of the power, resilience, beauty, pride and love that flows from Indigenous people when a space of love, honour and respect is upheld.”
“RECKŌNING is what I’m most proud of. It’s a lifetime of “work” both on myself and my craft. It’s what the world needs more of. It’s a celebration of the magic, resilience and POWER the Indigenous people of the world hold regardless of everything they have endured. RECKŌNING is the future…” ─ Samuel Gaskin
Samuel Gaskin has collaborated and performed with some of Australia’s most respected Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists such as The Merindas, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Vanessa Amorosi and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project. On stage Samuel has been cast for Australian productions of The Jungle Book, Hairspray and more and he regularly facilitates dance workshops for Ausdance and Chunky Move among other seemingly endless creative pursuits. Following on from his triple j unearthed chart-topping single GANK and beloved follow ups Good Enough and Love, RECKŌNING is Gaskin’s most ambitious and powerful release to date and is sure to propel him to the forefront of the Australian music industry’s most watched list.
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‘RECKŌNING’ is out now via Ditto
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