A superb cover of The Specials' classic...
Naomi Pilgrim (Credit: Patricia Reyes)

What came first: the politics or the prejudice?

We live in an era when the right - and the far right - are on the march across the globe, with populist movements threatening individual freedoms of gender, sexuality, and religion.

Recognising this, Naomi Pilgrim has decided to lend her voice, to record a new track that voices her own fears about the rising tide of prejudice.

'Racist Friend' was initially penned by The Specials, and it uncompromising in its attitude: "If you have a racist friend," it says, "now is the time for your friendship to end".

Re-recorded in her own inimitable style, the all-female guest cast includes the rappers Sa-Roc (US) and Yugen Blakrok (South Africa).

A sensational recording issued with perfect timing, you can check out Naomi Pilgrim's take on 'Racist Friend' below.

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