February 7, 2012 by staff
Esperanza Spalding, This song, “Black Gold,” is the first single from the forthcoming Esperanza Spalding record, Radio Music Society.
The Afro-centric implication of the title is no coincidence. The song was released yesterday, Feb. 1 – the first day of Black History Month. The video was premiered yesterday on a network called Black Entertainment Television. And to these ears, the music itself connects jazz aesthetics to sounds of black popular music today.
In case that message wasn’t clear, Spalding wrote some commentary on the track for members of the press:
This song is singing to our African American heritage before slavery. Over the decades, so much of the strength in the African American community has seeded from resistance and endurance. I wanted to address the part of our heritage spanning back to pre-colonial Africa and the elements of Black pride that draw from our connection to our ancestors in their own land. I particularly wanted to create something that spoke to young boys.
A sample lyric:
Think of all the strength you have in you
From the blood you carry within you
Builders of civilization
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