“These people are refugees, orphans, the forgotten. But they are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters first,” the text reads in hip-hop artist Narcy’s new music video for "Free." For the lead single off World War Free Now, a conceptual album about a nonviolent world devoid of super powers, Narcy once again teamed up with Ridwan Adhami, the photographer behind the famed image used in Shepard Fairey’s “We The People” series, using his portraits of refugees from 19 countries.
Narcy, or Yassin Alsalman, released the song produced by Sandhill as a direct response to the conversation around immigrants and refugees in North America. “I felt that there was a lack of representation, a lack of our narrative in the press, a lack of space for us to just represent ourselves,” he explains in an interview with Billboard.
To create that space for better representation, Narcy tapped Ridwan Adhami for the first time since he directed Narcy’s music video for "Hamdulillah," creating a sequel to their earlier collaboration. The video showcases portraits and clips from Adhami’s five years traveling with Islamic Relief USA as their creative director, during which time he documented refugees and displaced peoples from Bangladesh, Bosnia, Egypt, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, among others.