Latin Jazz Ensemble Colectiva Challenge Notions of ‘Feminity’ In Exhilarating New Video12 December, 2022
London-based jazz ensemble Colectiva have followed up their debut single, “Under The”, with a burst of energy and determination that is underscored by the collective’s aim for better representation of women. They officially released the video for “How Do You Like Your Ladies?” last night (December 11) at Servant’s Jazz Quarters in London with a fundraiser for Sistah Space (a domestic abuse shelter for African and Caribbean heritage women) and now the video has been made available for all.
The video plays with perceptions of femininity, turning stereotypes on their head and making seem ridiculous stereotypes that have existed for far too long. As the collective say, this was the message of the song right from the beginning, even before the video made clear its intentions:
“The song emerged through musical improvisation, following a conversation between the collective about the objectification of women, sexual violence, and the outdated trope of femininity as being a subdued, submissive character. A mutual energy was immediately felt – anger, shot with humour. Reeling at the absurdity of misogynistic behaviours, their response was a spirit of punkish, rebellious joy, and a catharsis in releasing that feeling through their instruments. This sentiment has been a continual reference point for the writing of the song, which was refined and developed between the collective over months workshopping and touring.”Colectiva
“How Do You Like Your Ladies?” is out now on jazz re:freshed.
Expect to hear a lot more from Colectiva in 2023.
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