- Hozier Premieres New Song “Nina Cried Power” featuring Mavis Staples on BBC Radio 1
- Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier released the fourth EP "Nina Cried Power" on September 7th.
The EP is his first music in three year. He premiered title tune of the EP on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac.
The song features American R&B singer Mavis Staples. It was written by Mavis Staples and Hozier.
After the release the EP, he dropped a new music video for “Nina Cried Power” directed by Jon Hozier-Byrne and Patrick Ryan on September 12.
The video features Irish activists listening to the song for the first time. He has worked with ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) on the video.
Learn more information about ACLU click here https://hozier.com/ninacriedpowercast/
Hozier said of the song:
“I’m thrilled to share the Nina Cried Power – EP with you all. The title track was written sometime last year, and my aim was to credit the actuality of hope, solidarity and love found in the human spirit at a time when their opposites were being given a mainstream platform 24/7. The song started as a tongue-in-cheek inquiry into modern popular language regarding political awareness and grew from there.
In many ways the song is a thank you note to the legacy of artists from the 20th Century whose work still inspires us, and whose well we draw from in times of uncertainty. Mavis Staples is one such artist. Getting to work with her on this song was a joy, and nothing short of a dream come true.”
He wrote about the video on his YouTube channel:
“I’m very proud to present the video for 'Nina Cried Power', directed by Jon Hozier-Byrne and Patrick Ryan.
This song was intended as a thank you note to the spirit and legacy of protest; to the artists who imbued their work with the vigour of dissent, and a reflection on the importance of that tradition in the context of the rights, and lives, we enjoy today. My hope for this video is much the same.
Ireland has undergone a socio-cultural sea change, the results of which will benefit generations to come. We are witness to a new Ireland waking to the consciousness of itself; a kinder, more inclusive nation. This video is an attempt to acknowledge just a handful of those who have fought for this new Ireland, and whose work continues to inspire me.”
- source : BBC Radio 1