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Autarchii tackles Land of The Free

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL
Observer senior writer

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Since he was sworn in as United States president one year ago, Donald Trump has shocked the world with an unconventional approach to governing. That style has turned off a lot of people, including Jamaican singer Autarchii.

The New York-based artiste takes the American system to task on Land of The Free, a song co-produced by Canada's Indie-Rootz Records and his father Donovan Joseph.

“I merely recorded Land of The Free to expose the unjust ways of the corporate tyrants within the American society who have gone centuries without punishment for their wicked acts,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I think the American society has the most hypocrisy known to mankind.”

According to Autarchii, the Trump presidency has exposed a number of lies promoted by American society for decades. The greatest misconception, he said, is that democracy thrives in the US.

“They preach democracy yet still they carry out forms of oppression more heinous than that of their communist opponents. Another hypocrisy of the American society is them professing to the people that capitalism is a saviour when it is this same capitalism that has led to such a wide gap between the haves and the have-nots,” he explained. “The very national anthem of America supports the killing of African people.

Autarchii said he wrote Land of The Free after watching an HBO drama series called The Corner, which focuses on an impoverished family living in Baltimore, Maryland. The song and his first album of the same name were released last June.

A video with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop was filmed to promote Land of The Free.

The 23-year-old Autarchii was born Jermaine Joseph and grew up in Portmore. He is the son of veteran singer Donovan Joseph and a cousin to reggae great, Dennis Brown.

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