In his first video in four years, Hozier has saluted activists in the promo for his new song Nina Cried Power.

The video was released on Wednesday evening and features activists including Christina Noble, Bernadette McAliskey, Panti Bliss, Sinéad Burke, Victoria Chihumura, Anna Cosgrave, Maria Walsh, Ellie Kisyombe, Colm O'Gorman and Stephen Rea listening to Nina Cried Power for the first time.

Joining them is Hozier's co-vocalist on the track, American music legend Mavis Staples.

Premiering the video, Hozier wrote online: "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." 

Hozier concluded: "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."