Watch: Jessica Mauboy Shows Love for Aboriginal Communities in “Day Before I Met You” Video
Directed by Nick Waterman, the visual stars Jessica’s family, friends, and dozens of dancing children from the Aboriginal communities of Kulaluk and Bagot.
The vibrant clip allows some Australians to view these communities as more than just the high levels of poverty and crime that they are associated with.
It also serves as one of the extremely rare times American audiences see modern Aboriginal peoples portrayed in Australia at all.
“Interwoven with a series of real human vignettes that are marked by feelings of celebration, harmony, community and love, the video captures the magical and authentic essence of Jess returning home,” said director Nick Waterman.
Most importantly the video’s filming was inspirational for the children involved, who sometimes lack pride in their community, according to Bagot Community Council chair Helen Fejo-Frith.
“The Day Before I Met You” was written by Antonio Dixon, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, Helen Jane Culver and Jessica herself. Dixon and Babyface also produced the song along with The Rascals.
The song is the second single from the platinum edition of Jessica’s third studio album Beautiful, which released on November 21, 2014 with five additional tracks. It is currently #41 on Australia’s ARIA charts.