Manna McLeod adds to her eclectic resume with her debut single “Sundress.” Simply known as Manna, the Jamaican-Lebanese model — who boasts of feature editorials from Elle, to Body Shop — engulfs a similar aurora of confidence on her debut.
Budding from her initial start in fashion, it is no surprise the artist’s debut would share an overlooked aspect of the feeling ignited by the clothes that we wear, and the confidence of our own skin.
“The song is really about being able to express your sexuality and affection,” says Manna. “I want other people to know, that you can flaunt in front of your partner. They should be really into you.”
Taken to the beauty of a crisp breeze that is welcomed on a warm day, Manna’s vocals are organic and dipped in the style of jazz. Each vocal run eagerly skips with confidence as the artist’s soft rasp leads the sultry R&B production. The delicate cadence which Manna thrives in comes from a personal space and isn’t submissive or aggressive: it’s just confidently, honest.
“When I wrote ‘Sundress’ I was visualising my life with my husband in a beautiful home, we’re both working from home on a Friday,” she continues, “my music is very much about love, intimacy and sex – that’s because it’s personal, it’s so powerful. A good song that you can slow whine to has the capacity to make my day so bright and that’s what I love to share with the world.”
As Manna’s ideals flaunts, the track follows in suit. Throughout all of the artist’s projects Manna’s voice is apparent and prominent. With a massive online presence, Manna utilizes her platform of a proud woman of color. A love that is felt on “Sundress,” her modeling, and any other artistic avenue Manna wishes to explore.
“I think it comes back to Jamaica and growing up in a culture where women are powerful,” she explains, “growing up in a predominantly white area I experienced racism and got into physical fights. Being a black woman is intimidating to a lot of the world but that’s not our problem, so it encouraged me to be me regardless of what anyone says or thinks, I’m a firecracker in that way.”
Cover photo: Harmony-Angel Cummings