Jorja Smith reunites with Burna Boy and embraces the London heatwave in ‘Be Honest’ video

Grant Brydon

6 months ago

By Grant Brydon

Following her appearance on Burna Boy‘s African Giant album, Jorja Smith returns with ‘Be Honest’ a brand new single of her own, which sees the pair reunited.

Produced by Izy and Cadenza, the late Summer heater comes accompanied by an instantly iconic visual courtesy of director Amber Grace-Johnson, which sees Jorja and two of her best friends fending off the London heatwave in style across a number of recognisable locations, including Rye Lane Market, Peckham Liberal Club, Rotheride Tunnel and Wapping Leisure Centre.

“For ‘Be Honest’, Jorja wanted to create a film that embodied the spirit of Summer– pure wild fun,” says Amber Grace-Johnson of the video. “We wanted to invite the world in, to experience a different side of Jorja. Free and full of light, and some ‘Hot Girl Summer’ energy. While writing in my AC filled apartment in Brooklyn, I thought about how there’s nothing quite like Summers in the city. You’re caught between concrete high rises, sweating from heat delirium, with our make-shift fire hydrant beaches. Yet despite it all, there’s a contagious air that floods the city, and your imagination becomes infinite.”

“With that in mind, we imagined a film nostalgic in nature, with your inner child memories running rampant. Jorja takes us on a ride; sunbathing on her Grandma’s sticky plastic couch, midnight break-ins at the neighbourhood pool, running around with real life friends Sandra and Erin, and of course some jet ski drifting through London streets. That feeling like the world is yours, and rules don’t exist. From afar, Jorja always felt like she was/is from a tribe of angels – that voice, the melodies, and timeless beauty. After this collaboration, I feel even more inspired by her energy, artistry and presence.”

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