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Laura Mvula Celebrates Phenomenal Women In Her New Maya Angelou-Inspired Single

Laura Mvula enlists the flyest crew of girls & guys to have a dance-off in the streets of Cape Town in the video for "Phenomenal Woman"

It’s 2:59PM in Cape Town and Laura Mvula has rounded up the hands-down flyest crew of girls & guys to have a dance-off in the streets of Bo-Kaap.


The music video for Laura Mvula’s latest single “Phenomenal Woman,” a female anthem inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem of the same name, is basically the visual equivalent of pure joy and freedom. The track builds on a thumping beat and bass line as the singer belts out lyrics like “Nobody ever told her she was beauty, one day she realised she was already free.”

“I wrote this anthem to raise up our women,” the singer mentions. “We are the givers of life, we are the children bearers, the nurturers, the heroines, we are extraordinary in our ordinariness, we fly, we fight we are ‘Phenomenal Woman’.”

The uplifting visuals feature a cameo from Mozambican kwaito dance group Tofo Tofo (of Beyoncé “Run The World (Girls)” fame).

Watch the video for “Phenomenal Woman” below. Laura Mvula’s sophomore album The Dreaming Room is due June 17.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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