“Self Voodoo feat. Rejoicer” is the second single from renowned songwriter and vocalist Karolina, taken from her upcoming album ‘All Rivers’ (out 18th November). The LP is a thoughtful blend of Jazz, Afrobeat and Soul and the songstress’s first solo English-speaking release, taking listeners on a journey through the space between daydream, fantasy and reality and the emotions that dictate us. It follows previous single “Ready For Juju feat. Jenny Penkin” Karolina’s solo albums and her releases as part of trio, Habanot Nechama. More recently, she has worked with musician, composer, producer, and animator Kutiman and composer, arranger, and producer Adrian Younge on his collaborative projects with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Relatable sentiments echo throughout ‘All Rivers’, with Karolina’s emotional honesty and vulnerability coming to the fore on new single “Self Voodoo feat. Rejoicer”. Here, Karolina paints a picture of a voodoo doll she has created in her own image and is proceeding to hurt. She calls for herself to stop doing harm and to stay on her own side. Though its origins lie in self-doubt and criticism, “Self Voodoo” is a call for self-love. As Karolina explains: “Music is a healer and I’m using this song to help myself and remind myself to give my voodoo doll a hug”.
The album, alongside title track “All Rivers”, take its name from the universal concept appearing across many religions and cultures that “all rivers flow to the sea”, with an added poetic twist. Inspired by the writings of Avoth Yeshurun while working on the album, Karolina became fascinated with the concept that in actuality, “all the rivers go back to the rivers” and that this is the secret to missing people. “I was struck by the idea that water goes missing from the rivers before going back to the rivers. All of this album is that cycle of going back and forth into the waves of emotion.” Karolina explains, “the rhythms are the sounds of people wading through the water. They’re carrying all their emotions and it’s heavy”.