Mustafa, Canadian poet, singer and songwriter has paid a heart-rending tribute to his late friend in his new released song, ‘Ali’.
The track is a beautifully saddening and soulful farewell, in which Mustafa reflects on the day his beloved friend departed from this world.
Mustafa manifests the painful emotions of loss and grief through his poetic verses within the song, and has attempted to “beautify the departures” of those who have lost their loved ones due to gun violence. The song possesses a melancholy guitar driven melody, which is uplifted by Mustafa’s unique and sensitive voice.
The new released and self-directed music video has breathed life into the poet’s musical homage through capturing Mustafa alongside friends as they begin to disappear throughout the song.
In the visuals, we see Mustafa aimlessly walking alone in the city at night, surrounded by tall buildings and lights; disheartened and restless. The video draws to an end with a beautiful sentiment as a crowd of young individuals gather and light candles in honour of Ali.
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Mustafa has written about the tragic experience of losing a close friend in such an affectionate and loving tone. The artist captures the reality of existing and possessing emotions as humans throughout his music, and he invites us to reflect and experience life with him, through his art.
The new song marks the third single released by the artist from his upcoming debut album When Smoke Rises, dropping on May 28th. The Toronto based Muslim poet has sewn the importance of his faith with the creation of his music and in doing so has created a unique genre which many enjoy.
My debut project, “When Smoke Rises”, will be out everywhere on May 28th! I’ve dreamt about this announcement for so long, and here we are. When Smoke Rises is about losing someone you love and retracing what of you they left with, Regent Park forever. https://t.co/xROKAGwUUX pic.twitter.com/STJMHZAedL
— Mustafa (@MustafaThePoet) April 2, 2021
The 24-year old artist has previously collaborated with artists such as The Weeknd, Majid Jordan and Usher, and fans can’t wait for the release of his first album, which will consist of Mustafa’s creative artistry alone.
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