We absolutely adore the story behind this video. When Canadian artist Emanuel recently released his single ‘Need You’, it was swiftly picked up by the one-and-only creative polymath Idris Elba. Having fallen in love with the serene and pensive RnB of Emanuel, Elba offered to start a collaborative project with the world in order to create a music video unlike any other.
Following a social media outreach from Idris Elba, he collected thousands of videos and images from around the world and made an “inspirational collage”.
The images are perfectly timed with the stop-start piano keys and Emanuel’s floating, meditative vocals. The whole song is about longing; longing for connection, for love, for intimacy. Yet, it’s undeniably hopeful.