Poppy Ajudha has shared her take on iconic jazz standard 'Watermelon Man'.
It's been a huge year for the vocalist, with her message of empowerment 'Strong Womxn' breaking down barriers.
Contributing to new compilation album 'Blue Note re:imagined', she was invited to re-work a song from the jazz label's catalogue.
In the end, the London vocalist picked Herbie Hancock's 'Watermelon Men', an oft covered slice of soul jazz.
Poppy comes at the track from the left field, layering her vocals to create something hypnotic, while tapping into the underlying themes of the lyric.
"Herbie's Watermelon Man was my first thought when asked to imagine a track from the Blue Note catalogue. It's an iconic song and one that has been with me throughout my life."
"I based the lyrics on my research of Watermelon Men in America, aiming to capture what it may have been like to be a black man in America at that time - newly emancipated but still heavily oppressed - and the race relations that had brought him to this point."
"I wanted to broaden the concept of the Watermelon Man to the way that black people in the US and UK throughout history have been denied an understanding of where they came from and the truth of a violent history within the western world. It feels ever more relevant today with the BLM movement coming to the forefront of our lives and was an important direction for me to take the song in."
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'Blue Note re:imagined' will be released on September 25th.
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