Destiny channels 70s disco nostalgia in ‘Soul Train’

The artist FKA Princess Nokia pays homage to NYC's Latino and Black communities

New York’s most eclectic artist Destiny Frasqueri (formerly known as Princess Nokia) has left the old skool digitally-inclined aesthetic of previous projects behind in favour of the sun-splashed, disco feels of prior generations, and nowhere is this evolution more clear than in her brand new video for “Soul Train” directed by Asli Baykal. In the nostalgia-dripping new clip, she celebrates her heritage in the most fun and freeing way we know: dancing. “To me, this is a video of Black revolution,” explains Destiny. “In a time of racism, it’s for the Black and Latino communities in America, and it was created to honour the lifestyles that cultivated our culture and the positive and artistic outlets that healed us in hard times.”

“Disco is something that I embody not just through my style and appreciating seventies culture, but through love and practice. This video has a lot of scenes of me dancing the Latin Hustle, a popular dance the neighbourhood kids used to be into at that time and I find the organic beauty of it all so refreshing. Back then, the youth were inspired by political activist groups such as The Young Lords Party, The Black Panthers and The Ghetto Brothers and this video revolves around these ideas. We just want to fight the good fight, dance and celebrate.”