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"A Little Love" Madukwu featuring Sy Smith

Music Video for "A Little Love" by Madukwu feat. Sy Smith / Directed by Glo Vader. 2021

  • Glo Vader
  • Madukwu Chinwah
    Grammy award winner for "Love of My Life" from the feature film "Brown Sugar"
  • Glo Vader
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Glo Vader

Glo Vader is an Afrolatina filmmaker and photographer based in Dallas, Texas. She started her career as a photojournalist, shooting for print publications such as Village Voice Media, Vibe Magazine and Bass Player Magazine, and has worked the last 15 years shooting major league sports, documentaries, commercials, reality TV, music videos and film, in every aspect of the production process.

During the past year, she teamed up with the creator of the Neo-Soul genre, multi-platinum, Grammy award winning artist, Madukwu Chinwah ("Love of My Life" by Erykah Badu from the motion picture "Brown Sugar") and launched a production company. The music video for "A Little Love" is their most recent project together, completed in August 2021.

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Director Statement

The song "A Little Love" was inspired by the timeless duets of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell which defined the golden-era of Motown. Madukwu wrote this song specifically with Sy Smith in mind, because he knew that she was the only one who could shape the type of harmony and feel that this soulful song required.

When I first heard "A Little Love", I envisioned a whimsical period-piece that celebrated the generation of good vibrations. As the director of such a dynamic, classic sounding song, it was important for me to honor Madukwu's vision, as well as to style it accurately for that era.

My approach was to create a funky, verite-style short film, rather than following the traditional, performance music video model. This song evoked a feeling of movement, freedom, traveling and friendship, so I built a story around a fun road trip in an iconic Volkswagen bus. For visual inspiration, I used the vintage Coke commercial from 1971, "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and added a "Scooby Doo" twist, with a fanciful, yet timely message, which is love.

- Glo Vader, Director