Mint Condition's Stokley and KiDi sing a tribute to "Woman"

(August 18, 2021) Let's face it: life is a challenge for everyone, but multiple layers and levels of drama and difficulty are added to those belonging to women. If it isn't the unpaid emotional labor and underpaid professions, it's motherhood, managing a home, family or relationships and being scrutinized or shamed for not being runway perfect-looking while doing so -- all under the ever-widening umbrella of an active pandemic.

Music can be a soothing respite from the madness, unless it's yet another 'artist' who objectifies us by body parts or demands that we recognize them as 'high value (ugh).' That's why it's cause for celebration when a true tribute to the sistren can be heard, and felt, via the latest single from Minnesota native and one-man multi-instrumentalist, Stokley, "Woman."

(August 18, 2021) Let's face it: life is a challenge for everyone, but multiple layers and levels of drama and difficulty are added to those belonging to women. If it isn't the unpaid emotional labor and underpaid professions, it's motherhood, managing a home, family or relationships and being scrutinized or shamed for not being runway perfect-looking while doing so -- all under the ever-widening umbrella of an active pandemic.

Music can be a soothing respite from the madness, unless it's yet another 'artist' who objectifies us by body parts or demands that we recognize them as 'high value (ugh).' That's why it's cause for celebration when a true tribute to the sistren can be heard, and felt, via the latest single from Minnesota native and one-man multi-instrumentalist, Stokley, "Woman."

Featuring AfroBeat favorite KiDi and lyrics penned by S Dot, Shakespear! and Stokley, the lilting "Woman" immediately recalls island vibes, anchored by steel drums, supple vocal cadences and lyrics that pay homage to all that ladies offer to their loved ones, and the world at large: “I’m a king but I still need my rib/ Need a queen that can keep me grounded/ Don’t need no mirror mirror on the wall to know there’s no world without a woman.” 

The latest single from his pending sophomore release, Sankofa (date TBA), "Woman" showcases Stokley's versatility across multiple genres, as well as his established tradition of revering the ladies. It's one of those grooves that one can slow-dance to while hugging their boos, themselves and sipping some bubbly, or rinsing away the stress of another day on the grind. Being loved and adored is fine, but hearing a song expressing those sentiments, especially these days, is definitely essential listening.

By Melody Charles

Stokley feat. KiDi - "Woman"

 

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