EMANUEL SHARES REVERENT MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST SINGLE “BLACK WOMAN”
“Emanuel wows with new single ‘Black Woman’… it’s an absolute stunner.” - COLORS
"It’s truly a privilege to experience art like this." - Sounds Good
"‘Black Woman’ is in every way extraordinary" - When The Horn Blows
"Emanuel’s new single ‘Black Woman’ is truly a jaw-dropping moment. This stripped-back RnB ballad is a defining moment for the Toronto artist" - 1st Day Fresh
"It's a powerful message intended not just for these times, but for all times." – CBC Music
26 October 2020 (Toronto, ON) – Breakout R&B singer-songwriter Emanuel continues his contribution of meaningful, expressive art with the official music video for “Black Woman” released by Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading company. Filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Jamar Harding (Tinashé, Jay Sean), the video conceptualizes the song’s message of recognizing and honouring Black women. Through vignettes featuring women of various ages, shades and lifestyles, the resilience, beauty and uniqueness of the Black woman’s spirit is portrayed.
Emanuel’s inspiration for “Black Woman” opens the video as we hear Nikki Giovanni’s striking words from almost 50 years ago during her 1971 conversation with fellow author, poet and activist James Baldwin: “I get least of you. I get the very minimum. And I'm saying, you know, fake it with me. Is that too much for the Black Woman to ask of the Black Man?”
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR "BLACK WOMAN" HERE
"‘Black Woman’ is about reconciliation and also celebration - celebrating how strong our women are and how they hold us up,” says Emanuel. “People might think this song was written as a response to the moment right now but it's saying the exact same thing it was saying when it was written a year ago - 'I see you, I recognize you, I appreciate you and I love you'.”
Alongside the single’s release on October 9, Emanuel launched the “Black Woman” portrait series, creatively directed by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, that put five influential Black women from Toronto’s artistic and advocacy communities in the spotlight. The I AM BLACK WOMXN portrait series towered over Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square for the full first week of release on a bespoke Spotify billboard, the first ever of its kind. View the portrait series and vignettes HERE.
On the portrait series, Emanuel shares:
“Within the mainstream, Black women have been looked over, discredited and unheard. I wanted to shine a light on some intelligent, beautiful, deserving, talented and incredible women that you may or may not have heard of, from several walks of life. Hopefully this will inspire you to dive deeper and become part of a movement that embraces and encourages Black women of all shades and ethnicities, from all over the world. We see you. We hear you. We love you.”
Since its release just two weeks ago, “Black Woman” has already been streamed almost half a million times, graced the covers of Spotify’s Just Vibing and Amazon Music’s The New Black playlists, and has been added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in over 10 countries, 16 YouTube playlists, and nine Apple Music playlists including Hot Hits Canada and Apple Music US’s New Music Daily.
Single Artwork – Credit: Funny Tummy
Since releasing his first single earlier this year, Emanuel has achieved international acclaim for his undeniable voice and introspective, emotionally charged music. Released at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Emanuel’s debut single “Need You” quickly became a quarantine anthem as people from over 20 countries submitted personal videos and photos for the collaborative music video curated by Golden Globe-winning actor, musician, producer and Executive Producer of Emanuel’s debut album Idris Elba OBE. Before even releasing his debut EP Session 1: Disillusion (shared with the world on Juneteenth), Emanuel was named Apple Music's New Artist of the Week, one of Amazon Music's Artists to Watch, a Soundcloud Featured Artist, and a Spotify “On The Radar” Artist. This Summer, Emanuel became the first ever artist to be chosen for Spotify’s On The Radar program in Canada and was also named the Beats Artist of the Week. With over 10.5 million streams, Emanuel’s meaningful, expressive music has resonated with people around the world in a time he describes as a “renaissance of beautiful black art in the world.”
Photo Credit: Matt Barnes