Friday, August 7, 2015

Afrocentric Fashions & Other Afrocentric Elements In Floetry's Video "Say Yes"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases the song and the 2003 video of "Say Yes" by Floetry.

I was impressed by this song and by the afrocentric fashion styles and other afrocentric elements in the video. By "afrocentric elements" I mean those elements that reflect Black African and/or African Diaspora people, interests, and styles. What I interpret as afrocentric in this video include the visual focus on Black people including the young Black child on the subway, the locks (dreadlock) hair styles worn by females and by males, the afrocentric fashions worn by females and males, the break dancing scene in the subway station, and more. Afrocentric clothing styles usually refer to clothing that is made with African print, kente cloth, or other African or pseudo-African fabrics. I'm expanding that definition to include long dresses and Rastafarian caps, and accessories such as the red, black, and green wrist band that the singer in this video wears.

Click for an article on women's afrocentric fashions.

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Thanks to Floetry for their music. Thanks to the producer of this video and all those who are featured in the video. Thanks also to the publisher of this video on YouTube and the transcriper of this song.

"Floetry is an English R&B duo comprising Marsha Ambrosius ("the Songstress") and Natalie Stewart ("the Floacist"). The group recorded two studio albums, one live album, and sold over 1,500,000 records worldwide. Formed in 1997, Floetry started on the performance poetry stage.

Beginnings: 1997–2002)[edit]

Since moving to the United States in 2000, they have written for Jill Scott, Jazz of Dru Hill, Glenn Lewis (Marsha only), Bilal, and Michael Jackson, for whom Marsha penned the hit 2002 single "Butterflies".

Floetic and Floacism: 2002–03[edit]

In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic, which featured the singles "Floetic", "Say Yes" (released March 2003), and "Getting Late"...

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Floetry - Say Yes

FloetryVEVO, Uploaded on Oct 8, 2009

Music video by Floetry performing Say Yes. (C) 2002 SKG Music L.L.C.

(as sung by Floetry)

See I've been watching you for a while your smile and stuff
and I don't know if I can be with you for tonight alright,
is that alright baby, baby

[Verse 1:]
There is only one for me
You have made that a possibility
We could take that step to see, ohh
If this is really gonna be
All you gotta do is say yes

All you gotta do is say yes
Don't deny what you feel let me undress you baby
Open up your mind and just rest
I'm about to let you know you make me so
All you gotta do is say yes
Don't deny what you feel let me undress you baby
Open up your mind and just rest
I'm about to let you know you make me so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so,
You make me so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so

[Verse 2:]
Loving you has taken time, taken time
But I always knew you could be mine
I recognize the butterflies inside me
Sense is gonna be made tonight, tonight
All you gotta do is say yes

[Repeat Chorus]

[Ad lib to end]
Posted by bill arthur, July, 2015 in the discussion thread of the video given above.

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