Toronto hailing singer-songwriter Emanuel graces us with another sparkling R&B gem ‘Black Woman’. The emotive track is an inspiring celebration of the resilience of Black women, and was written during his time in the Cayman Islands. Reflecting on his gratitude and appreciation for the Black women in his life, having watched the 1971 conversation between James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni, Emanuel produced this beautifully delicate and moving track, and upon his first listen to the chord progression his producer was repeating, his vision was divinely set.
Speaking of the release, Emanuel said: “‘Black Woman’ is about reconciliation and also celebration – celebrating how strong our women are and how they hold us up,” says Emanuel. “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’.”
Alongside the release, Emanuel has also launched an awe-inspiring digital portrait series honouring Black female powerhouses in Toronto’s artistic and advocacy communities. The pieces are displayed in Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square today, and include 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. Emanuel’s inspiring sound and lyricism is utterly stunning and his impact is exceptionally powerful.