Jamaican acts to be on Rainbow RiotsFriday, May 12, 2017
Swedish artist and activist Peter Wallenberg is taking his protest against homophobia from the streets to the studios.He has enlisted Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender artistes, from what he calls some of the world's most dangerous countries to be gay, to do an album in support of global LGBT+ equality.
The project — dubbed Rainbow Riots — will feature artistes from countries where being gay is still punishable, including Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica, and South Africa.
Internet reports indicate that the project has been composed and produced by Wallenberg and is said to have been developed from a protest against the booking of Jamaican musician Sizzla in Stockholm in 2012.
Speaking about the project, Wallenberg said it was a “fight for freedom against tyranny”.
“Imagine that your very existence is a crime and that the police, authorities and lynch mobs chase you simply because you are who you are. This is reality of LGBTQ people in many countries around the world.”
The Rainbow Riots album will be released on June 16.
The album, which is released this summer, is an eclectic mix of electro, soul, reggae, rap and more.
The reports state that some of the artistes have chosen to remain anonymous because their participation in the project puts them at such great risk in their home country. However, one Ugandan artiste who is featured on the album is quoted as saying: “Our lives are already in danger — it doesn't help if we keep quiet.”
All profits from the sale of the album will go to charity and fighting for global LGBT+ equality.