“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” – Nietzsche
Our friend, Dustin Ogdin, says, “In light of the tragic miscarriage of justice in the Philando Castile verdict, I offer my friend Nadir’s response to these never-ceasing American tragedies. Part P-funk, part Curtis Mayfield, and wholly of our current times.
"Ask yourself if a minor traffic stop is likely to trigger reasonable fears that your life could be in jeopardy for reasons wholly out of your own control. I suspect I know at least one factor that might determine your response.”
We’ve had an awesome response to “Blue Lights” so far, and here’s a beautiful example. SoulTracks.com the biggest soul music site on the planet, offered Nadir’s new funk single to their audience as a First Listen. Check it out:
SoulTracks.com says: Working For the Man, J. Nadir Omowale’s 2008 polemical album dropped like a bomb into the political, military and economic upheavals taking place in that year. The urgent and powerful funk of the title track pretty much captured the feelings of every working man and woman at a time when the economy was in free fall, mainly due to the greed and incompetence of the people at the top. The rocking Detroit funk man came back in 2012 with the very good, though less overtly political The Book of Jonah, and in the year 2017, Nadir has returned.
A lot transpired – particularly in the fraught relationship between law enforcement and minority communities – between 2012 and 2017, and Nadir has something to say.
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was founded 50 years ago this October. Their first order of business was to initiate ARMED patrols in the African American community of Oakland, California in an effort to protect US CITIZENS from brutality and excessive force by THE POLICE.
50 years later we are still being murdered in COLD BLOOD in the streets. Where is the progress, America? Are we back to a state where we need to patrol our own communities again to protect each other from those who are sworn to serve and protect US?? #BlackPantherParty #BlueLights