London artist Poppy Ajudha has shared her new single ‘BLACK JOY. BLACK PEACE. BLACK JUSTICE’.
The jazz-leaning songwriter released her powerful single 'Strong Womxn' earlier this year, an incredible statement of womanhood.
A song that was open and accepting, Poppy follows this with a composition informed by the energies of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lyrically, she hones in on the inequalities faced by Black communities, and her plaintive cry – “America’s on fire…” – is incredibly timely.
Highly personal while remaining tuned in to the social currents at work on both sides of the Atlantic, ‘BLACK JOY. BLACK PEACE. BLACK JUSTICE’ is a remarkable piece of music.
“‘Black Joy. Black Peace. Black Justice.’ is a song dedicated to the movement for racial equality. I hadn’t written much during lockdown, but when the protests began, they brought a wave of emotion and I wrote it in those weeks that we took to the streets of London. I guess I was trying to make sense of all the chaos, and create something positive for the community, a protest song that was honest and brooding.
It was really important to me to keep the message clear, and to not just comment but use the song to contribute to aims of the movement. So I have donated all profits from the song or live session to Black Minds Matter, an organisation that seeks to promote positive mental health within the black community. I hope this song is part of something bigger, that grows and rises into a beautiful world for generations to come.”
Tune in now.
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