SOFI TUKKER and Amadou & Mariam join forces once again, this time to unveil their electrifying, endearing music video “Mon Cheri.”
Recently released alongside the HIV/AIDS-fighting Red Hot organization as part of the non-profit’s new charitable compilation album, Red Hot + Free, and a benefit for LGBTQ groups The Ally Coalition, Trevor Project and SAGE, the song serves as a festive, international, inclusive celebration of love.
Directed by Cole Santiago (she/her), “Mon Cheri” features Miriam Abrams and Sarita Evans, a real-life queer couple shown dancing atop their bed in an enduring state of bliss. SOFI TUKKER’s vocals transport us to the steamy settings that fueled the relationship’s early days, while Amadou & Mariam join the party from across the world.
“We are so proud of this video,” says SOFI TUKKER. “Not only is it one of our favorite songs we’ve made with one of our favorite artists in the world, Amadou & Mariam, but it’s in collaboration with and in support of Red Hot, which has been fighting AIDS since 1989. In the spirit of supporting the LGBTQ community, we wanted to tell the story of a real life queer couple. You can tell by the couple’s chemistry in the video that they are deeply in love with each other. It was important to us to have queer representation in the cast and crew, and the atmosphere on set was so unique and refreshing. We absolutely love how this video turned out, it makes us smile the whole way through. Nothing quite like a real life love story—and not just the young lover honeymoon phase—but also how love evolves, and transcends.”
Listen to Red Hot + Free in full, produced by Bill Coleman and featuring Billy Porter, plus Allie X, Bright Light Bright Light, Cakes da Killa, Casey Spooner, CRICKETS, Felix da Housecat, Foster The People, Gloria Gaynor, Honey Dijon, Pamcy, The Illustrious Blacks, Tituss Burgess, Ultra Naté, Sam Sparro, Vagabon and many others here.