Randa and The Soul Kingdom are about to drop their new single - ‘Is This I’ on Friday Nov 12th, alongside their music video clip which has won them ‘Best Music Video Clip’ for Revelation Film Festival.
The music video (produced and directed by Amy Ruth Gibbs) is a kaleidoscope of colour and motion that reflects the song’s questions about identity and its upbeat drive in a fun and eye-catching package. There’s never a dull moment! The artwork for ‘Is This I’ pays tribute to Randa’s Middle Eastern heritage with a depiction of the Egyptian goddess Isis, who protected women and children, and healed the sick.
"This song was created for the dance floor. It’s got a driving beat that’s reminiscent of Motown but with a modern twist. There’s a lot of energy, it’s got it’s own kind of mojo, particularly with the wailing vocal call and response from the horn stabs, climaxing towards the end of the song. You can hear James Brown’s influence creeping in with the vocal wailing too. I wanted to write a song that reminded me a little of On The Road from our debut album as it was one of my favourites.
The lyrics are deliberately ambiguous. It appears that the song is about a conversation between a girl and a boy, but it’s more than that. In fact, it was inspired by observing animals being confused by their reflection. They have no concept of themselves. That made me think about how we as humans are often unable to recognise ourselves in our own lives. It’s a comment on human behaviour and how blind we can be to our own existence.” - Randa Khamis
It’s been 12 years since Randa And The Soul Kingdom released their first single Not Gonna Let You off their debut self-titled album on London’s Freestyle Records. The single was licensed to hit TV show ‘Skins’ in 2011, receiving over 100,000 streams on YouTube. This 7” and album vinyl is now a collectors item.
A European tour followed and it wasn't long before the band followed up with soulful sophomore album 'What You Need'. In the meantime, the 6-piece have not let up, establishing their reputation playing at festivals across Australia. Including television appearancesperforming live to air on Channel 7 for Telethon 2021 - broadcast nationally! As well as Triple J air time with their single 'Not Gonna Let You'. The band’s raw, high- energy sets ignite dance floors, often sending audiences into a frenzied Soul Train.
In their career to date the band have supported the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Cat Empire, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show. Their first single ‘2048’ off the new album was nominated for the Western Australian Music Song Of The Year.
Randa & The Soul Kingdom have been meticulously crafting their third album over the past four years and it is set for release in Jan 2022. Their new single ‘Is This I’ will be available for digital download on November 12th on all major online stores along with its award-winning video that is guaranteed to keep you dancing!
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