Following his acclaimed collaborative work with Charlotte Adigéry on ‘Topical Dancer’, off-beat dance virtuoso Bolis Pupul has today announced his solo debut album ‘Letter To Yu’, out March 8th via DEEWEE.
‘Letter To Yu’ is a tribute to Bolis’ late mother who passed away in 2008 in a traffic accident. Of both Belgian and Chinese descent, the producer-artist explores themes of dissonant identity and belonging. “When I started to think about my roots, instead of being ashamed of them, I started to embrace them,” he recalls. “And so it became more and more important for me to get in touch with them. I went to evening school here in Belgium and began learning Chinese. I did that for four years. That was the first step.”
His first visit to Hong Kong – his Mother’s birthplace – further crystallised how Bolis wanted to incorporate his Chinese legacy into his music. Bolis memorialised the experience through letters which would form the early stages of the album: “It became the centerpiece of this album. Even though this trip was very emotional and at times sad, I also had some great times that just made me really happy. This resulted in a very uplifting melody where I felt like I could handle my life.”
To coincide with the album announcement, Bolis shares the sophisti-pop-inflected lead single ‘Completely Half’, that comes accompanied with a video filmed in Hong Kong by Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter.
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Photo Credit: Bieke Depoorter