Phenomenal Women

So when I started writing today, I was planning on giving you a list of my favourite songs to spice up your playlist for your next cookout, rooftop party or really any other festivities where you would like to get people to dance.

However, when I started writing about the first song, I realized that there’s a deeper message that I am supposed to share with you today. And let’s be real, I wouldn’t be me if I would only give you a bunch of catchy dance tunes without at least including one that has a deeper message to it.

So the song I want to share with you is “Maayaa” by Juls, Tiggs Da Author & Santi. This latest work of one of my favourite, favourite, favourite producers Juls (British-Ghanaian producer & DJ who’s responsible for some amazing tracks by Burna Boy, Show Dem Camp, Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, Eugy) is dedicated to the amazing, beautiful and inspiring poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer Maya Angelou. According to him, the song is “dedicated to every bold black woman who is never embarrassed or ashamed to boast about their success and achievements, confident in their own skin and never scared to speak their mind”.

And so I want to take this opportunity to share one of my favourite poems by Maya Angelou here with you to underline this powerful message, which is so, so essentially needed in today’s times where too many songs are objectifying and diminishing women.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
If you’re a woman reading this, I hope this resonates with you to the point that you understand that this poem is describing YOU, and if you’re a man reading this then I hope it inspires you to make a conscious decision about treating every woman you meet like the phenomenal woman that she is.

 

Watch the beautiful video to the song here….

 

 

 

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