That's Alright

Album: Sing To The Moon (2013)
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  • The opening lyrics for this defiant kiss-off to an ex lover ("I will never be what you want and that's alright. Because my skin ain't light and my body ain't tight.") forcefully get across the idea that Mvula is a person doing whatever she wants. But it's the heavy red dress that the singer wears in the video, which captures her commitment to her music. "I'd only done the two videos before that," Mvula told Radio.com: "This video I knew I wanted to be in a different way. I knew there was going to be one big thing for it. I wanted to - there's a part of me that is like the song itself, in your face and loud and over the top. And that dress took all of the parts of me."
  • Mvula re-recorded an orchestral version of Sing to the Moon in March 2014 in collaboration with the Metropole Orkest. By this time the song's meaning had shifted to being a defiant anthem in the face of the celebrity circus. "Celebrity is so rampant in our culture. I loathe it.," Mvula told Stella magazine. "We are driven by this weird world that's so complex, yet has no substance. I stumbled across something on the internet recently that said I'd chosen the wrong dress and my figure was all wrong. It would upset anyone. But what's most upsetting is that it exists. Seeing that changed me. I just pray I won't be damaged by it."

    "I think I'm a feminist," she continued. "I think a lot about body image and the ideal we're subconsciously nurtured to aspire to. With 'That's Alright' I wanted to express that I'm tired of being made to feel I lack because of what society projects on to me."

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