Melat - Dance Olivia

“I wanted something that could touch people… When the song’s played I want you to feel free to just dance at your own pace, even if you aren’t that good, for a moment I want you to be able to dance your cares away. With everything negative going on in the world today, despite it all, we should just keep dancing and doing us.”

This is how Melát describes her newest single, “Dance Olivia.” The Austin songbird linked up with New York City-based producer Obey City for the track, insisting that the song’s instrumental had been in her head ever since her Move Me EP dropped.

Premiered by OkayAfrica – of the OkayPlayer network – “Dance Olivia” seems a match made in Heaven for the Texas-to-NYC connect. Obey City’s pulsating instrumental calls to mind the ’80s sounds of George Michael and Sinead O’Connor, keeping a perfect pace over which Melát’s voice melts into in some places and demonstrates her range (which sounds stronger than it’s ever been) in others.

In addition to giving OkayAfrica the green-light to debut “Dance Olivia,” Melát also sat down with them to talk her influences, her signature sound, and re-connecting with her Ethiopian roots, especially by keeping her heritage alive in her music. You can read that full interview by way of OkayAfrica here.

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