Track features rapper Jidenna
Janelle Monáe appeared on US talk morning programme The Today Show yesterday (August 14) to perform her new single ‘Yoga’. The singer was accompanied by Jidenna, as well as her band. Click below to watch via Spin.
The track was released in March and features on Monáe’s new Wondaland Records collective EP, ‘The Eephus’. The record includes work from the label’s entire roster, including Jidenna, Deep Cotton and Roman GianArthur.
Earlier this week (August 12), Monáe and Jidenna led a protest march against police brutality in Philadelphia. They followed it up with the release of ‘Hell You Talmbout’, a protest song that features the Wondaland crew chanting the names of black citizens who’ve been killed in the US by cops. Scroll down to listen via Pitchfork.
A statement about the song was released via Monáe’s Instagram: “This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?”
Monáe will also appear on Duran Duran’s forthcoming album ‘Paper Gods’. The track ‘Pressure Off’ was released in June and features not just Monáe, but Nile Rodgers too.