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Nneka ‘Shining Star’

The singer goes through lush Canary Island forests

Nigerian neo-soul singer Nneka’s video for “Shining Star,” from her 2012 album Soul Is Heavy, takes her on a simultaneously tranquil and exuberant excursion through the forests of La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands. There is an undeniable spiritual essence to the video, as Nneka emerges from the sea, capers about the woods, waves her arms toward the sky and observes and creates intricate astronomical patterns of colorful vegetation. “I was like, ‘Wow! It looks like Avatar was shot here,'” she tells Rolling Stone of her first impression of the video’s lush location.

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