Melat - KONJO (prod. by Pha the Phenom)

Austin singer Mélat bridges two dialects to make a love language of her own on “Konjo.”

Credit Mélat for always finding new ways to challenge and adapt herself with her music. The beautiful Austin songbird has been relatively quiet for a minute now, with her last drop – “Second Chance” – being all the way back in February. But the singer broke her silence last week, unveiling a new single, “Konjo.”

“Konjo” may sound different to some, almost as though Mélat is speaking in another language. That’s because she is.

“(‘Konjo’ is) inspired by my first language of Amharic,” Mélat via email, “which translates to ‘beautiful’ in the language of Ethiopia. It was partially terrifying, partially exciting to create and release this song. But it is a huge part of who I am.”

Linking up with her frequent producer partner in crime Pha Tha Phenom, Mélat shows her sexy side on “Konjo,” interspersing the English language with Amharic into a smooth flowing gumbo over Pha’s scaled-down instrumentation. “You don’t have to speak it fluently, one word is all you need,” Mélat insists on the track. “Can’t you see? You speak it beautifully.” The four minute track sizzles and pops like a soundtrack for summer love. The coolest thing about “Konjo?” It reminds listeners that the language of love itself, is universal.

Stream Mélat’s “Konjo” single for yourself down below. You can also get a short language lesson from the singer by way of Genius, where Mélat has translated some of theAmharic lyrics for listeners here.