Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford has released a new protest song titled The Kids Are Having None Of It. The song comes as a response to Greta Thunberg’s activism as well as the force that is young people raising their voices and standing up for the future around the world.
Ford released a statement where she explained her motivations for the song, the kids featured in it and how community drives activism.
“This song came out of a desire to envision change as though it has already happened and to champion the incredible movements that we’re seeing right now. Beyond our collective fear and anger about what is and isn’t happening, to create an image of the wave of change that most of us would like to see. The cast of the video are all close friends, moms and neighbourhood kids that my son grew up with. We had a beautiful day, being together. I think the love of community, real relationships, and the willingness to include the experiences of others is the real basis of activism.“
VOB or Voice of Baceprot is a young metal band from Indonesia. The country has the largest Muslim population of any country on the planet and the Islamic faith, as most religions, is known to have certain restrictions on the arts.
Religious pressure has not stopped these young girls in making the music they love. As band member Firdda Kurnia explains in an article by South China Morning Post: “I think gender equality should be supported, because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman”.
In the same article she goes on saying: “I play metal music as a hobby, but my religion is my personal relationship with God. My lyrics are ‘clean’; we sing about our restlessness, about the state of our Mother Earth, about the education system in Indonesia”.
Five heavy music bands will come together for a show on the 24th of November in Hong Kong. Proceeds from the event will go to Spark Alliance, an organisation that fights for the rights of activists who have been jailed or somehow oppressed or harassed.
During the recent protests in Hong Kong the slogan ‘Give me democracy or give me death’ has been seen spray painted on walls around the city.
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