Several songs from Jamila Woods’ debut album ”HEAVN” pay direct homage to the Black women activists who inspire her art. She shows similar reverence for Black literary and musical figures on her upcoming album, “LEGACY! LEGACY!”
Okayplayer and other media outlets released the upcoming record’s tracklist yesterday (February 5). The Chicago-raised singer, writer and educator named most of the 13 songs after Black artists including Sun Ra, Octavia Butler and James Baldwin. She previewed the album by releasing a music video for “ZORA,” titled in honor of author Zora Neale Hurston.
“[The song is] about refusing to be essentialized and not allowing your identity to be put in a box,” Woods told The Fader. “You contain multitudes. You are ever-evolving. A song to get free from stereotypes & assumptions.”
Check out the song and video before “LEGACY! LEGACY!” arrives on May 10.