Jonah Mutono - Circulation

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, is “Circulation” by Jonah Mutono, a 2019 single on True Panther/EQT Recordings.
photo by jordan williams
written by Janice Headley

Meet Jonah Mutono. For years, he recorded music behind the psuedonym Kidepo. “I hid my identity,” he said in an interview with Complex. “I didn’t want to show anyone what I was making. It hasn’t really felt like I’m really doing this music thing yet.”

But a recent upheaval in his life changed things. Mutono was born in London, raised in Philadelphia, moved to his family's native Uganda, and then returned to the UK until his visa expired and he was deported back to Uganda. The anxiety he felt over his relocation fueled his creativity, resulting in this latest batch of songs that he felt could only be released under his real name. While he currently resides in Los Angeles, the video for today's Song of the Day brought him back to Uganda. 

"We filmed this video last year in Uganda, near a place that’s very important to me," he continued to Complex. "The piece is about tension — physical and emotional — and in this particular case, political. Isaac [Eastgate, the director] and I wanted to create a scene that evoked something quite universal — that rudimentary magnetism and connection that we crave. The lyrics I wrote as a physical manifestation of this feeling, but I wanted to contrast the video to where they hardly touch at all."

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