new music: naomi pilgrim transforms the special’s ska classic “racist friend” into an anti-racist anthem for 2017 #soundcheck

February 24, 2017

With white nationalism on the rise the world over, artists are stepping up and recognizing that merely “raising awareness” isn’t enough, we need to inspire action. Into that light steps Naomi Pilgrim. The Swedish and Barbadian singer re-works The Specials’ classic “Racist Friend” into an anti-racist anthem for 2017. With verses by Sa-Roc and Yugen Blakrok, the track demands engagement, calling on everyone to confront the people in their lives with fucked up attitudes and not give them a pass because they’re a friend or because engaging with a family member can be hard. “Is it your husband or your father or your mother?” Naomi sings “tell them to change their views or change their friends.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor