Video: Laura Mvula Uplifts & Celebrates All That Is Womanhood In 'Phenomenal Woman'


It's not like we've never had anthems that expressed the joys and strengths of being a woman before --- rather there never seems to be enough --- so it's always a special treat whenever we're gifted with the type of song that gives us ladies a little zip in our strut and the green light to be as unapologetic and free in our womanhood as we can be. Laura Mvula's "Phenomenal Woman" is such an anthem, such a gift, as it proudly stands tall and funks hard on vibrant Afrobeats and keytar frills, uplifting and celebrating the unbreakable spirit of girl power.

The track culls inspiration from Maya Angelou's iconic poem of the same name with Mvula affirming Mother Maya's declaration of freely being a woman, phenomenally: "Nobody ever told her she was beauty / One day, she realized she was already free / The color in her eyes was fire rising / She found the light inside, a new horizon."

"I wrote this anthem to raise up our women," Mvula said in a press release. "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'."




Mother Maya would also be proud of the color-coated visual for "Phenomenal Woman" as all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic is going on within its captivating frame. Shot in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town, the visual has Mvula rounding up a crew of fly girls and guys (some of whom are from the Mozambican kwaito dance group Tofo Tofo who were seen in Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" video) , and its nothing but a celebration, as women from all walks and age groups dance and show off their style in the streets.

Mvula is also looking pretty damn fly herself cause whether she's tapping into the Afrofuturism of Grace Jones or sitting pretty atop her peacock wicker throne she is serving looks and it took all my strength not to screencap the hell out of this video, because I mean...just look.




Phenomenal, indeed.

"Phenomenal Woman" will soon be heard (and replayed over and over again) on Mvula's upcoming sophomore set, The Dreaming Room, out June 17.

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