Tank and the Bangas delivered a new single on Friday, “Stolen Fruit”, set to appear on the band’s forthcoming album Red Balloon. The conceptual companion piece to 2019’s Green Balloon is out on May 13th via Verve Forecast.

“Stolen Fruit” furthers the introspective tone so far established for Red Balloon by the lead single, “No ID“. The track follows last week’s “Black Folk”, which Tank and the Bangas released with the help of  Masego and Alex Isley. While “Black Folk” saw a celebration of Blackness, “Stolen Fruit” confronts their heritage stolen by the slave trade. While the song addresses this painful history, it also preaches a message of empowerment.

“‘Stolen Fruit’ is basically about the slave trade,” Tarriona “Tank” Ball said. “ There’s ‘Strange Fruit,’ and I call this one ‘Stolen Fruit,’ because not only were the fruit strange, but they were also stolen. They weren’t from here.”

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Predominantly produced by Tank and the Bangas, the 16-track album was recorded at Bangaville Studios in New Orleans and Revival Studios in Los Angeles. Red Balloon also features contributions from a long list of guests including Alex Isley, QuestloveLalah HathawayBig FreediaJacob CollierTrombone ShortyJamison RossThe HamiltonesGeorgia Anne Muldrow, and Wayne Brady.

Listen to the new single from Tank and the Bangas, “Stolen Fruit”, via the player below or on your preferred platform. Click here to Red Balloon.

Tank and the Bangas – “Stolen Fruit”