Miriam Tamar is a tribal house artist with a cause. Her most recent EP, Firedance, released in February and garnered her critical acclaim both for her message and unique yet catchy beats and rhythms, inspired by a country to which she now deigns to give back. Tamar has teamed up with an organization called Breakdance Project Uganda to make a video for the new Morsy remix of the EP’s title track.
Both versions of “Firedance” have tribal influence, but Morsy’s mix seems to be more tuned to big room EDM. Morsy is known for this style of house which is simply a bit more bass-heavy than Tamar’s general style but it works well with the video, which features children in Uganda Dancing, presumably as part of the Breakdance Project Uganda.
Tamar has been working with the Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) since 2010.
“I learned about Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU) and met the founder/director, Abramz Tekya, back around 2010, while I was living in post-conflict Northern Uganda working in Peace Education,” Tamar said about how she came to create this video. “One of my housemates did some work with the regional BPU, and the kids would occasionally practice on our large compound (yard/driveway). Abramz is also a hip hop artist, so we remained connected over the years through our Ugandan artist community. I always envisioned Firedance with dance visuals, because dance is another form of expression that goes beyond words, that can express complete catharsis – the strength of an inner flame that sometimes can’t be seen otherwise. BPU uses dance and hip hop culture to empower disadvantaged youth throughout Uganda. In the video, you can see the joy, resilience, sense of community and self-confidence that BPU brings the kids working and living in Uganda and they also gave these things to me. It’s our shared ‘firedance.'”
Tamar’s passion about this project and about bringing dance music and culture to the world for the benefit of all is truly inspiring. Not to mention it’s a great track with some great dancing.