If you’re reading this from the comfort of your home then count your blessings. It is a common misconception homelessness only effects those made bad choices, or have mental or addictive issue. Being homeless can effect anyone, anywhere and Swedish artist Mensahighlife raises awareness of those whose are so easily bypassed in a new soulful single.
Behind the moniker Mensahighlife is Stevie Nii-Adu Mensah and he described the songs inspiration:
The inspiration came from hearing about my older sister’s friend, who became homeless after her relationship with her boyfriend failed to work out. At that point in time (2004), I hadn’t grasped the full understanding of how easy it can be to fall into homelessness. That persons situation, made me see that we are all prone to be in such a vulnerable situation. I’ve been there myself. The Glöd (Glow) idea, came to me, when I also saw that even though not having a home is the epitome of distress, there is more often than you think, someone close by, that is reaching out a hand, helping one to pull through…. That is GLÖD (GLOW).
The first single off his forthcoming EP “KALLT SOM…” Glöd – En Sång För De Hemlösa illustrates his signature layered sound, and soothing soulful delivery. Written by Mensahighlife the track also features an electric violin by Fläskkvartetten (Örjan Högberg).
Often songs that reflect our times are told through poetic urban voices in hip-hop and its endearing when heard through a soulful lens. Regardless of musical format highlighting this subject increases positive support and empathy for the homeless. It’s small steps like this that lead to real change.
Photo / Cover Art by: Andreas L Fotos ( @artofalfa)