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 “Warda”: The identity quest of Ka Hena

Written by FDM

Born and raised in Geneva, Ka Hena is an art therapist in Lausanne. Passionate about painting, the 27-year-old explores different ways of expression, including music in a tribute to her Berber origins, which reveals her talent as a singer. And in less than three weeks, her ‘Warda’ clip has recorded thousands of views.

Ka Hena knew very little about Morocco. However she grew fond of it in recent years. “This musical project is a way of making peace with my country that I have learned to explore and love over time. And my love for it continues to grow with discoveries.” She simply explains.

Despite of her being a painter, Ka Hena had the wish to express herself through something more  powerful. She then went to a friend’s studio in Montreal mostly ‘out of curiosity’ and I recorded Warda. Ka Hena had never sung before, but the words and melodies came naturally, and over the days, Ka Hena continued to write, and record other songs in the studio.

Back in Geneva, a friend finally convinced Ka Hena to make a music video. Everything happened then very quickly and easily according to the artist and the video was shot in the Berber village of Demnate where very few people speak Arabic.

“Through the song and this music video, I wanted to pay tribute to the Amazigh culture, but also to represent the men and Queen Kahena who died in a battle in the 8th century by wanting to avenge her father’s death. In the video, a Berber fibula is seen transmitted from generation to generation in a Kasbah still marked by war. And the dance scenes with the boxer are a reference to the fighting spirit and victory … Then comes the release through the braid that turns and was, at first, wrapped around my neck. Everything is symbolic in this clip,” says Ka Hena again.

Throughout the filming full of emotion and sharing, the young singer says she learned a lot about her own story and those of her ancestors, thanks to the villagers. A quest for identity and a healing that unfolds through the tribute video “Warda”.