Sudan Archives Drops Video For “Selfish Soul”

Sudan Archives Drops Video For “Selfish Soul.” The singer/songwriter's latest single is now available via streaming services
Sudan Archives Drops Video For “Selfish Soul"

Sudan Archives has dropped a new video for “Selfish Soul” is an ode to Black hair. The LA-based artist says the song is “about women and the celebration of hair. It’s about representation of different hair textures and embracing all colors and textures of it.”

She adds: “I feel like there’s an American standard of what beautiful hair is, and I wanted to show in this video that’s not what all beauty is; to showcase different hairstyles and different types of women and their hair. I was inspired by India Arie’s ‘I Am Not My Hair’, one of the first songs I heard about this subject. She talks about extensions and weaves and natural hair and nappy hair, and that she’s not her hair; she won’t conform to the comparisons that would come up if you had a weave or sew-in or natural hair or Afro – that doesn’t represent her.” In the vibrant video directed by Trey Lyons, Sudan plays her violin upside down on a pole and standing on a roof. She and her girlfriends dance in the mud, celebrating the beauty of hair in all different colors and textures.

This June, Sudan will appear on Neneh Cherry’s The Versions, a new album featuring reworked versions of the iconic artist’s songs by musicians including Sia, Robyn, Charli XCX, ANOHNI, Jamila Woods, and more. She also recently covered “Dogtown” for Ocean Child: Songs of Yoko Ono alongside contributors including David Byrne, Japanese Breakfast, and Sharon van Etten.

At the end of 2021, Sudan Archives joined Tame Impala for a run of arena shows. She will perform at several festivals this spring and summer in the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe, with more dates to come. Additionally, Sudan just announced two UK headline dates in Leeds on Aug 23 & Brighton on Aug 30 to round out her Summer 2022 EU/UK run. Tickets on sale this Friday, May 20 at 9am local.

Listen to “Selfish Soul” here and see below for tour dates. “Selfish Soul” was written by Sudan Archives, Dexter Story, and Ben Dickey, and produced by Sudan Archives and Ben Dickey.

Sudan Archives 2022 Tour Dates

May 21-22 – Cincinnati, OH – Still Smiling Festival
May 28 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling
Jun 4-5 – Portland, OR – Beloved Festival
Jun 17 – Brooklyn, NY – BK Mag Fest
Jun 25 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
Jul 7-10 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 8 – Montreal, QC – Montréal Jazz Festival
Jul 22-24 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Jul 29-31 – Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase
Jul 30 – Omaha, NE – Maha Festival
Aug 19-21 – Hamburg, DE – MS Dockville Festival
Aug 23 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Aug 25 – London, UK – All Points East
Aug 26 – Stockholm, SE – Popaganda Festival
Aug 26-28 – Darmstadt, DE – Golden Leaves Festival
Aug 28 – Edinburgh, UK – Connect Festival
Aug 30 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
Sep 1-4 – Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sep 3 – Bristol, UK – FORWARDS Festival