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Esperanza Spalding & Algebra Blessett Mine ‘Black Gold’

It's been nearly a full year since Esperanza Spalding deservedly took home the Best New Artist award at last year's GRAMMYs (I still relish in the shock and awe that caused amongst Justin Bieber fans). Now she's back with Radio Music Society, the companion to 2010's Chamber Music Society. Yesterday, she premiered the album's first single and video, the uplifting "Black Gold." The track, which features Atlanta songbird Algebra Blessett, is a love letter of sorts to children of the African diaspora around the world, encouraging them to find the value and worth within that's been put there by the previous generations. The video takes this idea a bit further, starting with a conversation had between a father and his two sons about African history (in which he drops some knowledge and a few names). We are then shown a live performance by the beautiful Blessett and Spalding that the father and sons eventually end up attending. All in all, it is a beautiful way to start off Black History Month and a beautiful introduction to the sounds we can expect from Radio Music Society when it's released on March 20th. While you mark that date on your calendars, be sure to grab "Black Gold" from iTunes.


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