Young Fathers und die Bilder in unserem Kopf

»Are things equal in this world? Fuck no. I still want to ask for it (equality) backed with the best music we’ve ever recorded«

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Young Fathers – Old Rock N Roll

Mit dem Titel des Albums wollen die Young Fathers eine Diskussion über die Bilder in unseren Köpfen anstossen. Der Titel White Men Are Black Men Too stammt aus dem Stück Old Rock N Roll dessen Video letzte Woche erschien und hier oben verlinkt ist.

Im Blog der Band findet sich der Auszug einer E-Mail-Konversation über den Titel des Albums zwischen der Band und ihrem Management. Themen wie Rasse, Politik, Sex und Religion sollten ihrer Meinung nach nicht nur hinter geschlossenen Türen, sondern in der Öffentlichkeit debattiert werden.

Mit White Men Are Black Men Too wollen sie dazu beitragen, dass diese Fragen öffentlich diskutiert werden. Indem sie das Album so nennen, bringen sie Bilder und Vorurteile, die ganze Diskussion um Rasse, Rassismus, schwarz und weiß, auf die Lippen all derer die über das Album reden, und damit auch in ihre Gedanken. Sie tun dies auf eine positive Weise, was auch Kathryn Bromwich in ihrem Review für den Guardian ausführt:

The aim is to encourage discussion about race, a topic that people are uncomfortable speaking about, but which the trio’s mixed heritage – Liberian, Nigerian and Scottish – makes them well placed to comment on. On Old Rock n Roll they put across a message of unity rather than an “us versus them” mentality: “I’m tired of playing the good black … I’m tired of blaming the white man … a black man can play him. Some white men are black men too.”

Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too review – passion and protest –

In seinem interessanten Artikel über die Tour der Young Fathers in Südafrika schreibt Paul MacInnes ebenfalls über diese Aspekte:

Race has inescapably informed their new album. The title White Men Are Black Men Too is taken from a line in their song Old Rock n Roll. Driven along by a cacophony of howls, trilling bells and a four-note guitar hook that reverberates around your head like metal on a filling, the chorus sings: “Some white men are black men too/ Nigger to them, a gentleman to you”. It’s a provocative statement, because of the N word, but also because it’s challenging us to question prejudices associated with the colour of someone’s skin and ask whether, in certain contexts, those prejudices could easily flip around.

“Look at the group, this multiracial group,” says Ally, who wrote the song. Quiet and thoughtful, he speaks with authority when it’s his turn. “Look at the songs on the album and we’re putting something out there that needs to be said: that the walls need to be broken down. As soon as you talk about issues of race, people shut down. But we want to talk about it. What is a black man: what do they look like and what do they act like? What is a white man? And everyone is part of that, everyone is involved.”

“I think for me it embodies more than race,” adds Kayus. “It also feels about sexuality, it also feels about class. It’s common [that] you say something and the response is, ‘It’s just black and white.’ But everyone knows the truth is never like that.”

Young Fathers: ‘We’re putting something out there that needs to be said’ –

Die Young Fathers nehmen (auch) ihre Musik ernst, und je mehr ich ihre Alben höre, umso mehr bekomme ich Lust eines Abends auf einem ihrer Konzerte zu tanzen.

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