HAVIAH MIGHTY INVITES EVERYONE TO HER INCLUSIVE PARTY IN DOUBLE VIDEO FOR HONEY BUN / ROOM SERVICE
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TORONTO, ON – February 10, 2023 – Haviah Mighty is kicking off the New Year with two sweet surprises. On January 27, the multi award-winning Toronto-born, Brampton-based artist, DJ and producer, released a new song, Room Service. The track evokes tenderness in its R&B-infused keys, tropical ambiance, Afrobeat elements and a sultry groove in contrast to Haviah's signature bars for which she is known, as highlighted on her previous single, Honey Bun. Today, Room Service arrives as double-feature visual that blends both of the tunes with cinematic zeal, capturing sonic chapters of a relationship, with reflections that range from self-worth to proclamations of desire. Listen to Room Service here and watch the video for Honey Bun/Room Service here.
Haviah expands on another aspect of the love story within Room Service, written from a position of bargaining in a relationship:
"This song reflects on the many phases of denial that I experienced going through a recent breakup. My self-worth was shattered, I convinced myself that things weren’t as bad as they seemed, and that it wasn’t my fault. I was fully aware that this person had already let me go, by their mannerisms, the shifts in attitude, and the conversations we had. I knew their heart wasn't in it anymore.
But it wasn't official. Because of that, I had this glimmer of hope - as if the energy wasn't loud enough, and as if I didn't know what the outcome would be. For me, this song grew into an anthem of lust, wonderment, desire and delusion. The
sultry lead melodies pull you in as I plead for my lover to wait for me. Just hold on. The bouncy synths playfully suck you into a vortex of heavy-hitting 808s and afro-style grooves that remind you that I’m not just a rapper - but also a singer, Jamaican, and Toronto-born."
For the Honey Bun/Room Service video, Haviah re-connected with Directors Kit Weyman and Chrris Lowe of acclaimed production company, Fela (Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia), who worked on her Prism Prize-nominated video, Protest (featuring Yizzy). Haviah's fervent creative approach shows representation of herself, both culturally and personally, within the piece as it intersects her Caribbean roots with her journey as a queer woman. Commencing with Honey Bun, Haviah begins to tell the story of the relationship at a stage where she has not quite hit the level of negotiation in Room Service. The narrative unfolds into something fresh and unique; an authentic portrait of the pure energy exchange that evolves in a classic jam set in an inclusive, queer-friendly space that you'll want to party in, too.
"In Honey Bun, we see me disassociating with a past love, let down, and looking for distractions as a form of medicine. I began to rely heavily on having multiple beautiful partners, money, designer clothes, drugs and any other way to escape the hurt. Still, this person from the past plagues my mind, as we start to sonically and visually shift into Room Service. We see reflections of the past love spliced with moments of us together, before we’re sucked into a new setting, with a new energy. It’s gritty and grungy. It’s sweaty and sultry," Haviah expands.
"You see Mighty Gang in the cut, representing - and you see me spotting a new love interest, while caught between the two as the old love interest enters the frame. We see a love triangle that manifested between an old and new love – and while it was a good time, it ultimately wasn’t real, and didn’t last. Together, these two videos/songs depict the difficult stages in a breakup that we all inevitably go through -and the reality that, if it’s not to be, no matter what occurs - it will not be."
Haviah's latest are a sample of what will be featured on her forthcoming project. Last year, Haviah's music resonated with global audiences as the sole Canadian artist nominated for a 2022 BET Award in the category of Best International Flow. History was made as Haviah's 2021 mixtape, Stock Exchange, won a 2022 Juno Award for Rap Album/EP of the Year. She rocked an extensive schedule of headline shows across Canada, The United States and Europe, with festival spots at SXSW, Dinah Music Festival and Toronto's inaugural Rolling Loud, to massive stadium shows supporting The Arkells, and more.
In addition, Haviah launched her successful initiative, Black Entrepreneur Giveaway. Haviah awarded 10 rising business owners $1,000 each to help them further expand and thrive. The initiative arrives in alignment with Stock Exchange and its messaging to value systems of both economic and creative forms. Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange features an array of highly acclaimed singles and guests. This year, Haviah celebrated her ever-evolving and progressive career with numerous accolades and a monumental return to live shows - defying all odds around a time of change worldwide. Listen to Stock Exchange everywhere you enjoy music.
Stay tuned for more from Haviah Mighty this year.
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Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.
Based out of Brampton via Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer, culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre.
2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “Best Canadian Album of the Year” - but Mighty didn’t stop there.
With her JUNO Award-winning mixtape, Stock Exchange (Nov. 2021), Haviah made history once again as the first woman to ever win within the Rap Album of the Year category. Recognition has spread internationally, garnering praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, GRM Daily, FADER, Hot New Hip Hop, and many more.
From performance invitations by massive European tastemaker, COLORSxSTUDIOS, to BBC 1’s Jack Saunders proclaiming “I just cannot find anything as good as Haviah Mighty," to crushing the 5 Fingers of Death on the legendary show, Sway in the Morning - Haviah Mighty is unstoppable. Mighty pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip- hop. Unyielding and irresistible – Haviah Mighty will be heard