Nina Cried Power

“…It’s not the song, it is the singin’
It’s the heaven of the human spirit ringin’…

…Power has been cried by those stronger than me
Straight into the face that tells you to rattle your chains
If you love bein’ free…”

Released in 2018, the hit “Nina Cried Power” by musician Hozier from Bray, Co. Wicklow, and featuring singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, is a tribute to the “spirit and legacy of protest”.

Hozier was inspired to write the song through the human and civil rights work of musical legends such as Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Woody Gutherie, Mavis Staples, who challenge inequality, ‘un-freedom’ and denial of rights within our societies. The video that accompanies the song features a collection of 20 human rights activists and artists working on a diversity of human rights challenges.

For more, check out:

  • profiles of the activists featured in Nina Cried Power [via Hozier’s website]
  • the Cry Power podcast hosted by Hozier talking to inspirational artists and activists about how to change the world launched in October 2019 in partnership with Global Citizen.

Source: Hozier

Year: 2018