Nick Hakim

Watch: Nick Hakim “Cuffed” Video

Oct 12, 2017

Nick Hakim breathed some foresty fresh air into soul music this year with his debut album Green Twins. "Cuffed" is one of the groovier tracks and the video was just shared. The latest video from the widely acclaimed album was directed by Daniel Kaufman and reimagines the Santeria rituals of the Venezuelan Maria Lionza cult. Throughout the video, the fierceness and devotion of the participants increases with the intensity of the song. Filmed in the Catskills, NY, “Cuffed” also features experimental performance artists FlucT. In gorgeous black and white deep woods scenes, the envigoration of these visceral practices is captured. Take the trip below and also check out Hakim's tour below.

Kaufman describes how the concept for the video took shape: “I was listening to the song and stumbled upon Cristina Garcia Rodero's photos of the Maria Lionza pilgrimage. I've been interested in Santeria rituals since filming with some voodoo practitioners in Haiti years ago, so the photos really resonated for me and seemed to both play with and be an interesting counter point to the song.. I also knew it wasn't enough--and wouldn't be appropriate—to simply ape or appropriate the imagery. I knew we had to focus on the aesthetic/emotional kernel within those photos but make it our own... we wanted to make something simple--a space where we could create real rules for our own ritual about renewal, and then document it."

Hakim found the experience particularly meaningful: "My favorite part of this process was getting to know everyone else in the couple days we spent working on this video: in one day all of us connected with one another and found trust within one another. It was truly therapeutic. The land we were on was extremely beautiful. I feel blessed to have worked with such talented and amazing artists."



Oct 10 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

Oct 12 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Oct 13 Austin TX - Antone’s

Oct 14 Austin TX - ACL Festival

Oct 15 Dallas, TX - House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Oct 17 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress

Oct 18 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room

Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

Oct 20 San Francisco, CA - The Independent

Oct 21 Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club

Oct 23 Portland, OR - Doug Fir

Oct 24 Seattle, WA – Barboza

Nov 01 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Avant-Garde

Nov 02 Belfort, FR - La Poudrière

Nov 03 Rotterdam, NL - BIRD

Nov 04 Eindhoven, NL - So What's Next Festival

Nov 07 Bristol, UK - The Lantern

Nov 08 Vienna AT - Gasometer ^

Nov 09 Zagreb HR - Tvornica Kulture ^

Nov 10 Milan IT - Fabrique Milano ^

Nov 13 Berlin DE - Columbiahalle ^

Nov 15 Brussels, BE - Forest National *

Nov 16 Amsterdam, NL - AFAS Live *

Nov 17 Hamburg, GER - Uberjazz Festival

Nov 18 Paris, FR - Le Zenith *

Nov 23 Manchester UK - O2 Apollo ^

Nov 24 Wolverhampton UK - Civic Hall ^

Nov 26 London UK - O2 Academy Brixton ^

Nov 27 London UK - London UK - O2 Academy Brixton ^

Nov 29 Southampton UK - O2 Guildhall ^

Dec 1 Cologne DE - Palladium ^

Dec 3 Stockholm SE - Annexet ^

Dec 4 Stockholm SE - Annexet ^

Dec 5 Oslo NO - Sentrum Scene ^

Dec 6 Oslo NO - Sentrum Scene ^

Feb 12 Birmingham UK - Hare and Hounds

Feb 13 Bristol UK - The Lantern

Feb 14 London UK - KOKO

Feb 15 Leeds UK - Brudenell Social Club

Feb 16 Glasgow UK - King Tut’s

Feb 17 Manchester UK - The Deaf Institute

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