Mercury-nominated British soul singer Laura Mvula filmed her “Phenomenal Woman” music video in the colorful and historic Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, South Africa. Mvula’s artistic direction in her outfits and dancing matches her adventurous, idiosyncratic take on the good but safe-ish retro-soul that made her debut, Sing to the Moon, a hit three years ago. As the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis writes in his review of The Dreaming Room, Mvula writes pop music as if she has no idea or interest in what pop is supposed to sound like. Instead, we have a song and video that is bold, aggressive, beautiful, and empowering.
The songstress’ latest album, The Dreaming Room, came out this past Friday.