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Hozier - Nina Cried Power ft. Mavis Staples

Published on Sep 12, 2018
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I’m very proud to present the video for 'Nina Cried Power', directed by Jon Hozier-Byrne and Patrick Ryan.

This song was intended as a thank you note to the spirit and legacy of protest; to the artists who imbued their work with the vigour of dissent, and a reflection on the importance of that tradition in the context of the rights, and lives, we enjoy today. My hope for this video is much the same.
Ireland has undergone a socio-cultural sea change, the results of which will benefit generations to come. We are witness to a new Ireland waking to the consciousness of itself; a kinder, more inclusive nation. This video is an attempt to acknowledge just a handful of those who have fought for this new Ireland, and whose work continues to inspire me.

Thank you to Christina Noble, for showing the limitlessness of human kindness, and its ability to achieve the seemingly impossible.

Thank you to Bernadette McAliskey and Eamon McCann, who fought for the bitterly-resisted equal right to vote, and who bore witness to atrocity and would not be silenced.
Thank you to Joe Caslin, who literally coated Dublin city itself with reflections on our capacity for compassion as a people.
Thank you to Saoirse Long, whose honesty revealed not only our own failures as a people, but laid bare the true face of what barred the way of progress for women’s reproductive rights.

Thank you to Panti Bliss, who remains a leading voice advocating for inclusion, and a standard-bearer for the new Ireland we are watching unfold.

Thank you to Victoria Chimera for fighting tirelessly for equal opportunities in education.

Thank you to Anna Cosgrave, who provided real leadership to my generation, and brought new widespread visibility to the issue of reproductive rights.

Thank you to Simone George for her indelible spirit, and for fighting injustice in its many forms.

Thank you to Grace Dyas whose decisions in work and life give to us an example of bravery and conscience.

Thank you to Sinéad Burke for pushing tirelessly for inclusivity in her industry and beyond.

Thank you to Maria Walsh for using her platform to promote gender equality, and the right for everyone to love who they love.
Thank you to Colm O’Gorman, for his unwavering dedication to human rights and his fearless speaking of truth to power.
Thank you to Ellie Kisyombe for reminding us of the meaning of home.
Thank you to Stephen Rea for the work he does both for UNICEF, and for Ireland itself.

Thank you to Sam Blanckensee for their important work on gender recognition legislation.

Thank you to Florence Adebambo and Aaron Edo for reminding us of the bright future that awaits those who have joined us from afar, and how that future needs to be fought for.
Thank you to Blessings Moyo and Lucky Khambule for reminding us how much further we have to go, and how we must strive to do better.
Thank you to Mavis Staples, for giving to the world a timeless example of how worthwhile the raising of one’s voice is, in song and in protest.

Thank you to you all for your work, for joining us on set and allowing us to play you the song for the first time. You are all truly inspirational figures, and this video is for you.
Find out more about the Activists featured in the Nina Cried Power video


  • My name is Nina so this kinda speaks to me - when I feel sad or weak I sing this and I makes me express my emotions and makes me feel so much better❤️❤️

  • Fantastic. Mavis!!! She is so unforgettable. Thanks so much. I am teary-eyed.

  • God I love this collaboration!

  • I am irish

  • This feels like such a victory song. Singing from the top of my lungs to this

  • What's a Irish Activist?

  • I am inspired by him and his music

  • the umbrella academy ❤

  • Absolutely amazing proper real and powerful awesomeness cxxxxx

  • Love this so much!!!!!!! POWER!!!!!

  • i dont know how his songs always just hit me right to my bloody core

  • I love him good music keep going

  • I’m researching Nina Simone in school and a teacher actually recommended this!

  • Mavis Staples!!! Queen!

  • Selective Empathy ft. Hozier

    • So arrogant he thinks he can read people's minds ft. Barry Hughes.

  • So Beautiful.. thank you for this beautiful song and perfect video for it.

  • 1:19 expertly rolled r

  • After the Take Me to Church video, I knew this would be powerful but these exceeds expectations. This is probably one of the best music videos I have ever seen. So simple and yet overwhelmingly emotional. Incredible.

  • Hozier you are from heaven or a place simulair..Divine music...thanksssssss for this gift you have

  • what is this feminist black loving anti white song is this shit ?

  • 💕💕💕🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

  • What is everyone on about . I don’t get the lyrics I just find the song catchy lol

    • you could read the description!

  • Gyönyörű!

  • Great New Music! Play it again!

  • wow! I'm speachless.

  • great ! keep up the amazing work

  • One of the most powerful songs I’ve heard

  • Amazing.

  • You cant imagine how deep your voice can get through my soul and inspires it, you cant imagine how good i feel when i hear your songs , this is just amazing for me . i wish i could come to your tour:) .... Best of luck any way❤

  • Its beutiful¡

  • the video is just like the song; beautiful.

  • I love the song however the video clip reminded me of an Iranian singer who did the same a few years ago: I would loved to see a clip as unique as the song.

    • One guy listening to a song in the video you posted is nowhere near what they did with this video. This song is about activists who were instrumental in helping secure many of the rights most of us enjoy today. The people in the video are Irish activists who are hearing the song for the first time. Not the same concept at all.

  • oh boy Kylo Ren cried power

  • Another new favorite.

  • So underrated

  • Köszönöm HOZIER!

  • 💛

  • One of the best songs I have ever listened to, my entire life.

  • Free Derry.

  • "And I could cry" More like I DID cry, am I right folks??

  • Who came here from Barack Obama's list?

  • ✌️👽💕🇧🇷🎵🎶

  • Who is Mavis Staples btw????

  • Love them .x

  • Came here from your new album announcement just felt like hearing it again

  • The power you have, Hozier, led me to work on my very first single learning from you, from every second of your records. Thank you, for inspiring me every single day. I will cry power with you.

  • 2 Derry wans in this vid

  • Imádom!

  • Am I only one who thinks the production is horrible?? The song is great but there's no subtlety, it's all just compressed and busy.... Irritating... I bet it will sound a million times better live or stripped back

  • Is this a cover of an older spanish song?????

  • Hozier, good music.

  • I wonder he changes the lyrics sometimes when he sings live for example "It’s not what’s in front but who’s beside you" or "It’s not the talking it’s the doing" :?

  • 7 million ONLY?!?!?!? WTF???? What’s wrong with ppl... I thought this would have gone over 100million...🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • 😂

  • Yo Hozier my beloved woman is in love with you and am so jealous cause she said she love you more than me T_T But hey can you cover this song for me i want to dedicate it to her In Flames - The Quiet Place? :3

  • Nice song yo cut your vains

  • Robert Gerard Sands cried power ..

  • My spirit is uplifted. Thanks Hozier.

    • Hozier the people in my country are awake now but still not rising. I am from Lebanon. Thanks for the song and the memories for all those who fought for peace and equality with their powerful words, thoughts & faith.

  • Can't live without this music and these emotions any more.

  • Hozier at 0:52, 1:22, 2:04, 2:58, 3:18 and 3: 43.

  • Literal chills...!!!

  • Tears man. Endless fucking tears.

  • No... you are just crying for purpose and for more rung's on that ladder. Wahhhhhh. Mommy. Pick me up.

  • I get goosebumps listening to this song. Such a *powerful* song

  • incredible❤❤❤

  • So amazing

  • Damn, I think I want to move to Ireland.

  • NINA SIMONE!!!!!

  • This guy's a genius!!! In tears like those in video

  • "It's not the waking. It's the RISING." Fuck Yeah let's do this. Big 2019 with love, peace, and unity.

  • Not that long ago, Hozier was doing a gig in a bar in my town. The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Ireland. He had released Take Me To Church. It was plain to see he'd go on to bigger & better things. This man speaks from his own heart to everyones hearts. He is a shining example of how much our little country has progressed in recent times. We are proud of him and proud of Ireland, the country where it genuinely doesn't matter what colour, creed, gender, sexuality, age or social status you are, everyone here has a voice.

    • Thank-you for posting this comment, Kathryn. On a day when I needed a little bit of inspiration, you helped to provide it.

  • And they all cryed power :')

  • Waoh

  • There's very little comments about Mavis Staples here...that's really sad...

  • Makes me think of 'Sinnerman' by Nina Simone. I actually thought this song is a tribute to her(!).

  • Melon and Obama brought me here. No regrets

  • Please read the description for this video.

  • This dude is crazy talented

  • Mr. Mobama brought me here. I think it's an okay song, but I prefer the much more socially aware song, Crab Rave by Noisestorm.

  • Hozier ft Tom Odell and Lord Huron collab will be masterpiece of century

  • Fucking hell, shows how humanity longs to change.

  • Obama brought me here. The music touched my Irish soul.

  • Someone with fucking talent his voice is mesmerising no shit talk about hoes or money a song for us Irish and our efforts (not saying I had anything to do with being an activist)

  • Song and video didn't do anything for me. Cue attack of the SJWs.

  • Obama has a great ear for music

  • This is one of Obama’s fav songs of the year 🎶

  • Barack Obama sent me here.

  • шикарная песня ! очень ждем в Украине !

  • Anyone from Obama's favourites list?


  • Thank you Obama!This is just a touching song ...wheeww who is cutting onions?

  • Underrated

  • that was perfect

  • 2018 Obama's playlist introduced me.

  • Mavis first appears on screen at 1:30 mark. Nina Simone cries power in her song "Sinnerman".

  • This is one of Obama’s favorite songs and I understand why !

  • For those that are just finding this, I'd suggest reading the description box.

  • Obama brought me here. 🙏🏻

  • Barack Obama brought me here