Dark Skin

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This song was originally written as a message to Mardhavi's fellow Sri Lankan people to undo the self-hating damage, to embrace and take pride in their lovely brown skin again, rather than continuing the self-oppression after centuries of colonization, leaving darker people in the dust and only favoring lighter skinned people - even using unhealthy skin creams to lighten their already glorious skin.

However, after the song was written, she realized that this message applies to many more people of lovely shades world-wide than just her own Sri Lankan people.

Guest artists:
November Morris flew out from Hawaii to play ukelele and add his beautiful voice to this track.

Poet, rapper, and Korean musician extraordinaire, SKIM, delivered fierce rhymes in this track as well.


Dark Skin
Don't hate your lovely dark skin
Eradication within
Will never lead you to truly fit in

We've been free For over fifty years
So people take pride
And please switch gears

You come from a beautiful place
And have such a curvy nice face
Why do you strive to look like your captors?
Why do you strive to be one with your captors?

We've been free For over fifty years
So people take pride
And please switch gears

You want to marry someone
Whose standards are white beauty and fair skin
You want to marry someone
With self-denial and void within

We've been free For over fifty years
So people take pride
And please switch gears


from Emergence, track released September 2, 2011
mixed by Semaph and Darren Carter
mastered by Darren Carter
recorded at Semaphore Studio




Saltation Ignite Los Angeles, California

Mardhavi, female Sri Lankan-American producer and musician, brings you Saltation Ignite, the sonic dances of her imagination. The eclectic instrumentations and arrangements of Saltation Ignite range from ukeleles and tabla, 808 and urhu, movement-inducing combos of various electronics, lush piano and strings married to contralto vocal longings and snarls, drums and spaceships, and much more. ... more

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