Kingsley Ibeneche | photo courtesy of the artist
Kingsley Ibeneche’s “My Freedom” is a timely song of strength and healing
When Kingsley Ibeneche wrote his new single, “My Freedom,” a year ago, he didn’t anticipate how its meaning would evolve by the time it was released today. The writer, musician, and choreographer wrote the song “simply about love in its purest,” but finds that now it exemplifies the inspiring strength of the Black Lives Matter movement, and lifts up those who are in pain.
“I didn’t know it would turn into the monster and the medicine,” Ibeneche says. “I never thought each word recited would have a need in this moment. I didn’t know the importance of this truth would stand so firm.”
Ibeneche adds, “I think because the timing and evolution of this song is so perfect, it scares me. I prayed that this song wouldn’t be a mournful song. But it would be a song of uplift, and conscious bravery.
“I’m even scared to take the people’s attention away from what’s going on. Something in me doesn’t want to soothe the people. I rather them burn anyone who stands in the cause’s way. I want them to feel every blow and let it fester.
“But of course I am a prophet and a king. The wise man cares not about the fruits of action or inaction. He makes a choice, and stands by it. So I stand by the healing of the people, and I am glad that god bestowed upon me this message over a year ago. I am honored to be a servant to the cause. ‘My freedom’ is a choice!!”
“My Freedom” is out now on streaming platforms. Listen below.