From Kanye West’s “Hey Ma” all the way to Chance the Rapper’s “Hey Ma” and even Tupac’s “Dear Mama,” there’s a profound beauty in music that pays tribute to some of the most important women in our lives: mothers. Needless to say, I found myself listening through all of the aforementioned songs yesterday afternoon, but none of them hit me as hard as Raveena’s new ode to immigrant mothers simply titled “Mama.”
Lush as can be, “Mama” finds courage in vulnerability, allowing Raveena’s undeniable talent to seep through a bed of smooth instrumentation and heart-led lyricism. Above anything else, this song establishes the beauty and strength in our mothers and their roles, all while taking into thoughtful consideration the sacrifices that our mothers make, going to ends of the Earth to provide for their children and families in whatever capacity that may require.
I’m sure we all have different upbringings and relationships with our mothers, but if there’s one thing that this song is meant to do, it’s to unify these experiences under one common condition: an undying love and appreciation for those who raised us. So, thank you — thank you to Raveena for this wonderful song and thank you to my mother, your mother, and all of the other mothers out there who made us the people we are. I may be writing about this song a day after Mother’s Day, but as Raveena can attest, it’s never a bad time to reflect and appreciate your mother.
Check out the gorgeous accompanying visuals for “Mama” below and let us know what you think in the comments!