Nathalie, the lead singer of Ukrainian indie rock band Vinok, takes the viewer on an emotional ride in the new lyric video for Elephant Girl. Underneath a hard beat and a groovy rhythm the song’s lyrics tackle the difficulty of being an outcast or being seen different from the rest. Nathalie herself has worked as a mental health professional and therapist and her experience simmers through the song as she shows her support for disabled and alienated people.
The other two members of the trio have backgrounds in journalism and experiences of living in war torn Eastern Ukraine. The band directly fights for women’s rights, disabled rights and all human rights using their music and talents as tools.
“With this song we want to give a voice especially to persons with disabilities and all those who feel like the outcasts of society.”
Check out the video for Elephant Girl below and support the band by checking out their webpage and social media:
Images of protests from literally around the whole world fill the screen in the new lyric video for I Believe We Will Win by Valerie Orth. People can be seen protesting the murder of Marielle Franco in Brazil, protesting Chinese authoritarian government officials in Hong Kong and teachers protesting the lack of empathy from law makers in the Unites States.
Besides the music, Valerie is an educator and an activist who co-leads Beats By Girlz as well as producing the League Of Badass Women podcast. According to an article from 2010 Valerie’s background was in activism before music: “She campaigned for a women’s studies department at Tufts, organized singer-songwriter benefits, and attended rallies for fair trade and environmental justice. After graduating, Orth took a job with Green Core, then moved to San Francisco and became a labor organizer for Global Exchange. She challenged corporate behemoths like Proctor & Gamble, joined the fight for fair-trade coffee, and traveled to China to consolidate worker support. She led the effort to pass San Francisco’s anti-sweatshop law in 2005.”
For this song Valerie gathered 30 artists and activists to help chant the words “I belive we will win” in 15 languages. I Believe We Will Win is part of Valerie’s upcoming album Rabbit Hole which will be released on December 4th, 2020.
Daily Sun reports that Tibetan singer Lhundrub Drakpa has been arbitrarily held in detention for over a year. He was arrested only two months after the release of his song ‘Black Hat’. Now Chinese authorities have sentenced Lhundrub to 6 years in prison for criticizing China’s policies in Tibet with his song.
Our colleagues in Freemusereport that in 2019 they witnessed “a clampdown on artists and other citizens who questioned Beijing’s dominant celebratory narrative”.