- 14 Jun 16
Mvula has spoken out against the industry a mere week before her Glastonbury performance.
Speaking of Glastonbury, Mvula got riled up about the current state of the music industry comparing it as 'Donald Trump time of music.'
The comments come before Mvula takes to the Glastonbury stage with acts like Ellie Goulding, Adele and Cyndi Lauper. Adele is headlining the festival but she is only the second female act to headline the iconic festival in the last century. Last year, in an impromptu manner Florence and The Machine was named headliners of Glastonbury as original headline act Foo Fighters pulled out.
While speaking to Radio Times , the Birmingham native took this opportunity to critique the current state of the music industry. "I think that's sad and surprising and it highlights we have so far to go, so much to do." She commented further by saying that she often feels 'misunderstood and isolated' because of her gender where 'if you say anything with assertiveness or authority, you are often quickly labelled a diva.' Summing her emotions up, Mvula remained dejected; "The music industry is sexist, it is racist, it is a lot of 'ists'. Take your pick."
Glastonbury coordinater Emily Eavis has replied to Mvula's comments and empathised with her entirely; "To be fair there's always been a lack of balance in the music industry when it comes to opportunities for female performers, but it is slowly changing and hopefully we're doing our bit to support the new female artists coming through." Eavis runs the mega music festival with her father Michael on Worthy Farm in Somerset. Her and her father are doing their utmost to ensure that more women are integrated into the festival year after year; "What's also really important and special to me is the number of women working in really key roles in our festival, from all the creative areas right through to the offices. We're a proper women's army down here!"
Glastonbury takes place next week from June 22 to 26.