Olga Nunes and Artist David Mack Pay Tribute to Prince

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Olga Nunes pays tribute to Prince with a music video featuring artwork by David Mack.

By Daniel Barron


The world lost a singular, irreplaceable talent when Prince died suddenly on April 21st at the age of 57. As an innovator across decades and music genres, fans are still mourning the icon’s passing and paying tribute to his legacy. We may have never known him, but as with all great performers we grieve because they allowed us to better understand ourselves.

One of these is Canadian-born singer-songwriter Olga Nunes. Currently based out of San Francisco, she has released four albums digitally, including collaborations with author Neil Gaiman, and is also the co-creator of the cross-media Temple of Art project along with filmmaker Allan Amato. Nunes had previously recorded a tender, atmospheric cover of Prince’s seminal 1984 single “When Doves Cry,” and when one of the greats left this world, she was inspired to convert the track into a music video in collaboration with fine artist and comic book illustrator David Mack. The result is a heartfelt farewell to someone whose influence will be felt for many generations to come.


Of the video she writes:

I’ve carried this song around with me since I was small.

Some songs are like that. They become companions in their own right, marking you— until certain memories become almost defined by the swell of music.

The song you whispered to someone in a quiet moment, the song you sang to yourself to be brave.

I recorded this arrangement of “When Doves Cry” while ensconced at a friend’s place in Scotland a few years ago.

On the day I heard the news, the song woke up quietly in the back of my mind, and began to play, gently, on repeat behind my thoughts.

On the day I heard the news, I was working with incredible artist David Mack on another video for the amazing Amanda Palmer, he and I taking his paintings and photographs and animating them to her song.

When I saw David’s dream-like painting of Prince, it immediately sprang to life in my head: his serene face, coming into focus, and falling away again, doves growing from the mane of his hair.

I asked David if he minded— could I animate it? He agreed, and the song softly playing in the back of my head became more insistent.

Suddenly, the painting and the song converged, and I added flourishes to this quiet arrangement, a love letter to a song (and by extension, a towering musician) that has kept me company on many lonely evenings.

This is for you, old friend.



Learn more about Olga Nunes on her website.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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