Witch Prophet's "Tesfay" Video Celebrates Familial Empowerment

Sophomore album 'DNA Activation' is shortlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize
Witch Prophet's 'Tesfay' Video Celebrates Familial Empowerment
Witch Prophet honoured her Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestral roots on DNA Activation earlier this year, and the Ontario-based artist has now shared a video for the album's "Tesfay."

Directed by Toronto-based filmmaker and photographer Leah Vlemmiks, the video for "Tesfay" uses movement and memory to capture both the power and empowerment of positive father-daughter relationships.

The song — featuring co-production from Sun Sun and saxophone from Karen Ng — is inspired by Witch Prophet's late grandfather, who abandoned ideas of traditional gender roles to raise five daughters as a single father in Ethiopia after the passing of her grandmother.

DNA Activation, which Exclaim! named a must-hear Canadian album earlier this year, is shortlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize. It follows Witch Prophet's 2018 debut The Golden Octave.