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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

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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