Jamila Woods – Zora

“ZORA”, the album’s lead single, is indebted to African American author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The accompanying video, filmed in the Johnson Publishing Archives at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank, surrounds Woods and her band in the monumental archive of African American written word, hardcover spines in a radiant array of colours. “When you walk into the unknown all by yourself and alone / What will your legacy be?” Burroughs’ poem asks. On “ZORA”, and the rest of the album surrounding it, Woods strides into the unknown, confident and curious, hoping to find an answer.

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