Martell has unveiled the next chapter of its “Soar Beyond the Expected” campaign with Janelle Monáe and Cognac Educator Ms. Franky Marshall. This latest visual installment of Martell’s campaign, titled “The Unexpected Effect,” is directed by Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah. The film sets out to showcase the unexpected and individual paths that many have taken and shed light on what it means to feel joy: in overcoming, in free expression and in paving paths for those that follow.
“As a director and poet, my mission is to tell authentic stories of my community, and my partnership with Martell was another opportunity to pay tribute to the impact Black creatives have on society and one another,” said Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah. “My hope is that ‘The Unexpected Effect’ will inspire people to follow their passion and reimagine their future.”
To bring the campaign to life, Janelle Monae and Martell have teamed up with Ms. Franky Marshall to create the “Cocktail of the Future.”
“Throughout history, whether it’s been on the stage or behind the bar, Black creatives have laid the groundwork for culture, and this collaboration is a testament to that legacy,” said Janelle Monáe. “Afrofuturism is a principle that is redefining culture as we know it, awakening us to the world’s ever changing possibilities. Now, we have a new cocktail we can enjoy as we celebrate our work and create our future.”
The limited-edition “Cocktail of the Future” kit “pays homage to the unsung heroes of hospitality and those who pioneered many popular cocktails enjoyed today,” says the brand. Included is a Martell Blue Swift recipe that evokes ms. franky marshall’s vision of the future – an eclectic mix of diverse cultures and perspectives coming together – alongside a copy of The Ideal Bartender by Tom Bullock, the first cocktail book published in 1917 by an African American bartender.
“Janelle Monáe leads with her retro-futuristic flair and unapologetic individuality, and I think we’re alike in that way,” said ms. franky marshall. “The drink is an eclectic fusion of my Caribbean heritage and the stylish French influence that Martell brings to the bar. We hope that people enjoy the cocktail at home just as much as I did while creating it.”
“Martell’s legacy is shaped by audacity. Our new campaign celebrates Black creative expression and showcases what it means to redefine convention,” said Devaunshi Mahadevia, U.S. Brand Director for Martell Cognac. “In partnership with those at the forefront of the industry, we are working alongside the community we serve to help reimagine the future.”
Martell further solidifies its support for BIPOC communities during Black History Month, Women’s History Month and beyond with a $200,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, which will be used to fund projects that advance opportunities and education for BIPOC women in the restaurant industry.
“At Pernod Ricard, we’re working towards an inclusive future that provides a level-playing field for all and honors the full range of people and stories that shape our diverse culture,” said Pamela Forbus, CMO of Pernod Ricard North America. “This campaign is a testament to the journey we’re on and commitment to mirror the diversity of our society in all we do.”
The Martell Blue Swift “Cocktail of the Future” kit is available in limited quantities through March 31st at Cocktail Courier.