National Geographic today released the music video for “Umi,” the title track from the female-led docu-series QUEENS, premiering March 4 on National Geographic and streaming on Disney+ and Hulu the next day.
The song is co-written (with Dean Barratt) and performed by Alewya, a rising London-based multihyphenate artist of Ethiopian and Egyptian heritage known for her unique brand of Middle Eastern-inspired dance-pop music.
Released through Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records, the music video features powerful moments from the seven-part series, introducing viewers to six iconic worlds ruled by the fierce and formidable matriarchs of the animal QUEENdom, along with exclusive footage of Alewya recording the track in-studio.
Helmed by a female-led production team from around the world — groundbreaking in the natural history space — and guided by powerful narration from award-winning actress Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “The Flood,” “Good Night Oppy”), QUEENS is bringing the natural world into focus through the female lens for the very first time. The series features matriarchies and female leaders from around the world to tell stories of sacrifice and resilience but also friendship and love.
Four years in the making, QUEENS leverages cutting-edge technology to reveal surprising insights into how females in the natural world rise to power, often relying on cooperation and wisdom over brute strength to get ahead.
QUEENS is produced by Wildstar Films for National Geographic. For Wildstar Films, Vanessa Berlowitz is executive producer, and Chloe Sarosh serves as showrunner and writer. Sophie Darlington and Justine Evans are the series’ directors of photography. For National Geographic, Pamela Caragol is executive producer, and Janet Han Vissering is senior vice president of Development and Production.
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