WATCH MAVIS STAPLES’ NEW “IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK” MUSIC VIDEO + EU/UK DATES IN THE SUMMER
February 15, 2018
WATCH NEW “IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK” MUSIC VIDEO
EU/UK DATES COMING SUMMER
NEW ALBUM ‘IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK’ PRODUCED BY JEFF TWEEDY OUT NOW ON ANTI-
“Potent stuff” 4/5 Q
“An album of 21st Century Civil Rights anthems” 8/10 Uncut
“A perfect blend of profound truth-telling and positive vision” 4/5 Mojo
“The righteous force of soul music.” – Album of the Week 4/5 Financial Times
“At 78, Staples has never sounded more contemporary.” – Associated Press“Staples’s voice has a strength and endurance not heard in years.” – The New Yorker
“’If All I Was Was Black’ is an album about American perspectives and the compassion it takes to see the world from someone else’s point of view.” – Pitchfork
In honour of Black History Month, legendary soul singer Mavis Staples teaches how to look past skin colour in the new video for her latest album’s titular track “If All I Was Was Black”.
“In 2017 I watched as all the Confederate monuments came down in New Orleans, but the conversation never arose as to what would replace them,” explained director Zac Manuel. “This video imagines a reality where we venerate people who are truly deserving of being immortalised in public spaces, a reality in which Black people can be proud to see themselves on pedestals in the air, cast in iron and stone. The intent of this video is to highlight black excellence, and to provoke and encourage a larger public appreciation of the labor – physical and emotional – the people of colour often are expected to bear”.
The album If All I Was Was Black was produced by Jeff Tweedy and released in the fall of 2017 to much critical acclaim and late night appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Later… with Jools Holland and most recently a Martin Luther King Jr. Day performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Mavis Staples is a hit-maker, a civil rights activist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a true believer in her God, in this country and in the power of good over evil. If we need a voice to listen to right now—to educate us, to comfort us, to spur us into action—it’s hard to think of a better one than hers,” proclaimed Paste. All upcoming Mavis Staples tour dates are listed below.
Friday 20 June – Music Legends Festival – Bilbao, Spain
Wednesday 4 July – Rotterdamse Schouwburg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Thursday 5 July – Caprera Openluchttheater – Bloemendaal, Netherlands
Monday 9 July – Union Chapel – London, United Kingdom
Tuesday 10 July – Union Chapel – London, United Kingdom
“It’s the compassion that I feel. I want you to feel that same compassion…You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” – Mavis Staples