You know who doesn’t get enough love? Women. That goes double for Black women, who often suffer the greatest indignities while being the backbone of our communities. It’s time to change that notion and celebrate them for the deities they are. Leading the charge on that front are British songstresses NAO and Lianne La Havas, who join forces for their new anthem simply titled “Woman.”
The twosome speak to the divine energy that women bring to the world and what they bring to the table on the song. Produced by Loxe, the groove floats thanks to guitars, bass and even a bit of xylophone in the mix. Meanwhile, NAO and Lianne make it plain by letting men know that their worth does not begin nor end with the men or the male gaze, singing, “If God is a woman / On Sunday I’ma worship us / Take my mirror out the bag and fill it with confidence.”
The video for the track captures this theme by putting the ladies a candy-colored dream. They float above a beautiful scene in windows, mirrors and doors in the artistic dreamscape while gorgeously rendered silhouettes of Black women sporting red, bushy ‘fros twirl and spin among the abstract landscapes. It’s a fitting tribute and celebration of the Black woman and a perfect return for NAO, who last offered up new music in 2018 with her sophomore effort Saturn.
The girl power showcased in “Woman” is exactly what you’d expect from a pairing of NAO and Lianne La Havas, and we can’t help but hope the ladies work together again in the future. But let’s savor the now and enjoy both a stream of the song and its colorful video waiting for you below.