The 20-year-old R&B artist has written a new song for a video collaboration with the iconic London art gallery commemorating the opening of their new building
Mabel – the 20-year-old singer and songwriter (and youngest daughter of pop trailblazer Neneh Cherry) making some of the most exciting, singular R&B right now – has recorded a new song as part of a collaboration with Tate Modern.
The up-and-coming artist was commissioned by Tate Modern to create a video project commemorating the opening of the iconic London art gallery’s newest building. The video was directed by choreographer Holly Blakely (who has previously worked with artists like Florence + the Machine and Jessie Ware), and features some supremely sensual dancing set to a song written by Mabel especially for the collaboration.
The inspiration for the video project was Gustav Metzger’s 1965 piece Liquid Crystal Environment, an immersive light display using heat-sensitive liquid crystals exhibited at the Tate Modern. “As a kid I adored music videos with choreography,” Mabel explains, “Destiny’s Child routines were often rehearsed with my sister and then we forced our family to watch multiple performances. I wanted to try to do an up-to-date version of that, using Metzger’s Liquid Crystal Environment and the incredible Tate Modern building as our setting.”
The new Tate Modern, created by architects Herzog & de Meuron, opens to the public tomorrow (June 17).
Read our profile on Mabel, discussing her pop parentage, poise, and perfectionism.