With their new album IRE due January 28th via ANTI-, New York-based Latinx quartet Combo Chimbita have shared the final single and video from the record “Yo Me Lo Merezco“, which is the fourth and last in a series of auto-fictional narrative videos with prominent queer and trans performance artists to be featured alongside tracks from Combo Chimbita’s upcoming record.
The video for “Yo Me Lo Merezco” features Black trans artist Teresa Karolina wading through a river of affirmations and seeking abundance from Yemaya, orisha of nourishing waters. In the video we find Karolina emerging from her everyday routine and into a dreamy simultaneous dimension where she commands the lyrical manifesto of divine feminine strength and radical self-love. “Even before the pandemic, the world has tried to silence us and shield us from the abundance of our own bodies, the nature around us, and the treasures our spirits and ancestors intended for us; even despite society, patriarchy, and other oppressive institutions telling us otherwise,” Karolina explained.
“I wrote this song as a gift to myself as I try every day to better understand who I am, my worth, my calling, and what I have to offer in this world,” added lead singer Carolina Oliveros. “It’s a healing proclamation to firmly believe in oneself and walk headstrong with the radiance we know shines deeply through our spirit. That revelation is something I had to summon yesterday, remember today, and will continue to honor tomorrow.”
Listen to “Yo Me Lo Merezco” and watch the video for it below: