Nonesuch just premiered the video for Rhiannon Giddens new single, “Black is the Color” off of her solo debut album “Tomorrow is my Turn”.
The video, directed by Peter Zavadil, premiered as an NPR Music First Watch. You can watch it below:
“We all had such a great time filming this video,” says Giddens, “and were so honored to set our story—an old love story rediscovered—on the campus of Fisk University, a Nashville HBCU that dates back to 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were among the first African-American performance groups to tour America and Europe, and they single-handedly kept their school from closing its doors with the money they raised with their singing.”
“In her work with old-time and bluegrass outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops, and as a solo musician performing traditional gospel, soul and folk music, Giddens has made clear her commitment to unearthing American music’s roots,” writes NPR’s Katie Presley. “Her approach is both respectful and innovative, and is on full display here. Sung with real joy and desire, backed by ebullient percussion and harmonica, this version adds a layer of earthy physicality missing from most previous incarnations … In Giddens’ curious and reverent care, an old song and an old story become intriguing, infectious, and downright sexy.”