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Emanuel Debuts Worldwide With Lyric Video

Emanuel debuts his “Worldwide” single today with the lyric video. The Canadian artist’s new song is filled with his hopes for the future with a pensive musical arrangement. Last year his debut single “Need You” was released and the collaborative video that included submissions from people in 20 countries was curated by actor Idris Elba. Emanuel received his first Juno Award nomination for his Session 1: Disillusion debut EP.  On the creation of “Worldwide” he had this to say, 

“This past year has been a great learning experience for what it means to really manifest something and be appreciative of the things you’ve been able to uncover and draw from within yourself and make reality. But even though we’ve manifested certain aspects of the song – and that’s a beautiful thing – it still wants to be seen out in its fullness. ‘Worldwide’ is a song of affirmation and it’s become a prayer to be able to continue until all of those goals are met in their completion.”

Emanuel’s first full-length album, Alt Therapy comes out June 16th. 

 

 




Emanuel Honors Black Women With Video

Singer-songwriter Emanuel posts the Jamar Harding-directed video for “Black Woman.” The video begins with a quote from Nikki Giovanni in her 1971 conversation with James Baldwin about Black women’s expectations from Black men. Emanuel sings from the stage and sits in a chair as various Black women are pictured. The R&B singer shared his feelings about the sentiment in a statement:

“‘Black Woman’ is about reconciliation and also celebration – celebrating how strong our women are and how they hold us up. 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.” 

“Black Woman” was the inspiration for his portrait series of five prominent Black women in Toronto’s artistic and advocacy communities and can be viewed here.




Emanuel Honors Black Women & Shares Portrait Series

 

Toronto artist Emanuel pays homage to the resilience of Black women with his single “Black Woman.” He wrote the song after watching the historic 1971 conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni. There were thoughts about Black history and his relationship to Black women. In a press release for the song he states that: 

“I walked in hearing these chords and it literally just hit me – it was like I was seeing a music video in my head – and I just started singing about my mom . . . I had watched the video of a conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni and there’s a very gritty question that they circle around when they talk about the relationship between the Black man and the Black woman and how does one support one another and what that looks like in a world filled with hurdles and glass ceilings and people really trying to break you down on both sides, so how do you balance out affection and love and real support. That definitely sparked my pondering of my relationship with the Black women in my life and on the relationship between Black men and Black women in general from my view. So in that way, that conversation directly informed the type of thinking that I was in. But in that moment, I heard those chords and just started singing and we got down the larger portion of the song just in that first freestyle. When I was hearing myself sing it, I felt like ‘This is powerful. This is speaking to me. This is how I want my music to speak to people.’ It was a really special moment.”

Emanuel also launched a digital portraiture series to acknowledge the prominent Black women in Toronto’s artistic and advocacy communities. There are portraits of creative director and curator Ashley McKenzie-Barnes, artistic director Weyni Mengesha, writer and producer Kathleen Newman-Bremang, financial service executive and podcast host Naki Osutei, and creative director and choreographer Tanisha Scott.  The portraits can be seen on Emanuel’s Instagram page.