Okay, so everyone seems to be hailing Lily Allen’s new song as a feminist anthem and if you wanna do that then that’s cool whatever it’s not for me to decide. But if you want a feminist song/video tackling misogyny and racism then you should definitely watch and listen to That’s Alright by Laura Mvula. Not only is it a good, catchy, singalong song that tells you it’s okay to be who you are, but the video itself demonstrates how black people in the media and entertainment industries are used as props, simple entertainment for white people.
I especially like when she gets to the chorus and she’s singing “Who made you the centre of the universe?” at the all-white audience. A really brilliant yet underrated song and video.
I’m a little late, but…. My Woman Crush for this was the beautiful and talented Laura Mvula. I honestly never paid much attention to her until recently when I watched a performance/interview of hers and couldn’t keep my eyes off her.
Laura Mvula is British singer who made a splash a couple of years ago. Now she’s out with a new song and video called Overcome. Overcome is a soaring yet simple song of inspiration. Basically, it’s saying, Don’t let life keep you down – get on up, dust yourself off, and keep on going. Recalling one of the most iconic lines by the great poet and activist, Maya Angelou, Mvula had the following to say in her announcement of the video: “Overcome is what I think joy feels like - eventually. We’re all going through something but even ‘the caged bird sings of freedom’.” And joyous is the perfect description of the song and video.
Mvula delivers that message with her gorgeous multi-octave voice and a stellar arrangement. The song has real drive thanks to the baseline that Niles Rodgers laid down over lush strings courtesy of the London Symphony Orchestra. Rodgers, one of the original founders of the band, Chic, helps give the song an underpinning in R&B. And Mvula overlays that with subtle African rhythms that are also echoed in the video. The video features Mvula as a bird being reborn, surrounded by a cast of all black dancers dressed in African tribal influenced garb. The piece as a whole is one of the best examples of a fusion of African influences and Western forms I’ve heard outside of Angelique Kidjo.