Listening 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 who puts forth his glistening vocals and poignant lyrics as the zenith of his Artistic Manifesto, which is all about lighting up the renaissance happening in black art right now.
We can’t pass on such a powerful message without giving credence to recent events sparking greater activism in the BLM movement, although ‘Black Woman’ wasn’t directly inspired by this. As Emanuel shares, “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’.”
In fact, this pensive and meditative song was first penned in the Cayman Islands, following a conversation around Black history and the gratitude he was feeling for being blessed to be in such a beautiful place. Having watched the 1971 conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, Emanuel was evaluating his relationships with the Black women in his life, and thus this moving ode was born.