Sheila E. is sending out a call to action in her latest video, “Funky National Anthem (FNA): Message 2 America.” Premiering exclusively today on Billboard, the video precedes the Aug. 18 release of the latest single from the singer/drummer’s next studio album, Iconic: Message 4 America (Sept. 1, Stiletto Flats Music).
Filmed in San Francisco’s Mission District, the video was directed by Sheila E.’s brother Peter Michael Escovedo. At a time when America’s citizens are questioning the future of the country and the world, the video’s storyline channels the speeches of prominent leaders of the past, whose inspirational messages about the betterment of men and women of all races, color and creeds still resonate. In fact, Sheila E. was granted the right directly from the King Estate to use Dr. Martin Luther King’s likeness and words in the video and song.
Watch “Funky National Anthem (FNA): Message 2 America”: