New Release & Video: Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

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

Take a watch below…

“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 Autumn of 2017. All upcoming Mavis Staples tour dates are listed below…

20 June – Music Legends Festival – Bilbao, Spain
4 July – Rotterdamse Schouwburg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
5 July – Caprera Openluchttheater – Bloemendaal, Netherlands
9 July – Union Chapel – London, United Kingdom
10 July – Union Chapel – London, United Kingdom