Week 9: Dave
- A couple of weeks ago I’d seen the headlines in the papers that Dave (the rapper, not former Prime Minister) had called Boris (the current Prime Minister) a “real racist”. I’d shrugged it off given it seemed like a non-controversial statement. This week however, I was told that I really should watch the video of Dave performing at the Brits, where he called Boris a racist. I did, and it was probably the best thing I saw all week.
- Being unfamiliar with the original song
I went and cross referenced it. It turns out the original has more swears but doesn’t get the extended social commentary at the end.
- I assume it’s due to record deals and artists not wanting to rock the apple cart, but I’m always disappointed that musician don’t make political statements more often. It often seems such a waste of a soapbox from which they can command.
- Given that Dave has a number of much more popular tracks, I’m glad that he picked this track to perform.
- That also reminded me of a documentary I watched which was talking about how music towards the end of the Apartheid was often secretly political. Overtly political music in South Africa was at the time censored, so musicians instead had to sneak politics in through metaphors. I couldn’t find the exact documentary again, but this one on The Role of South African dance music during apartheid summarises it nicely.
- This weekend I was again reminded of how many muscles I have that I don’t regularly use as I moved a carried a large amount of soil through the flat to fill up our new raised beds in the garden. They are all aching now. Still, the beds are now mostly full ready to plant things for the spring.