Celeste Takes to New Orleans With Leonn Ward

10.02.2020 - Posted by : James Campbell

British soul artist Celeste has shared the official video for her new single ‘Stop This Flame’.

Directed by Black Dog’s Leonn Ward, ‘Stop This Flame’ sees the recent BBC Sound of 2020 winner take to the streets of New Orleans with the ‘To Be Continued’ brass band and all female military dance troupe ‘Diamond Girls’.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the video’s location, Celeste reveals, “No matter how my music evolves, jazz will always be a key influence for me, and New Orleans is the home of Louis Armstrong, drummer Ed Blackwell (known for his work with Ornette Coleman), Dr. John and many more influential characters from the genre. It was important for me to go to what feels like the source of so much that inspires me, to embrace that energy and try to capture it in the moment.”

Leonn adds, “When I first heard the track I wanted to jump on it straight away. The brass band and the second line represent community, unity, and strength. The Diamond Girls stood for women, for us – I researched a lot into all-women military groups during WW2 and took inspiration from their powerful forms and statues. The kids represent youth, and the innocence of it. The final set up is the drone shot, the circle of unity, which is dedicated to Black Lives Matter and respect to this incredible movement.”

You can see more of Leonn’s work here.

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