As last year’s winner of the GRAMMY for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding has been catapulted into the spotlight in recent months. However, the truth is, she’s not really a new artist, and has been doing her thing on the jazz scene for years.
She’s now preparing for the release of her new album Radio Music Society which combines jazz standards with pop sensibilities. The first offering from that project is the empowering “Black Gold,” a track that’s aimed at building up young men of color. The song also features an appearance from soul singer Algebra Blessett. Of the inspiration behind the track, Esperanza had this to say:
So much of our strength is drawn from resistance and endurance, but black pride didn’t just start with the slave trade. I wanted to address our nobility, going back to our incredible ancestors in pre-colonial Africa. I remember meetings when I was in elementary school about being strong as young black women, and I don’t think the boys had those meetings. This song is meant to speak to those young men, and I imagined it might one day be something that a parent could sing to his or her son.
The Pilar Sanz directed short film that accompanies the song tells the story of a father encouraging his sons to learn about the strength of their heritage. This is one that you don’t want to miss. It debuted yesterday on BET’s 106 & Park,
and when it becomes available online we’ll share it with you. For now, watch it, and stream the track below:
Radio Music Society will be in stores on March 20th.