Above Top Secret have never been a group to shy away from forcing people to face hard truths, and their latest song “Bang” is no exception. When it comes to missing and murdered indigenous women “this ain’t a game” they sing, “they’re out for blood.” It’s a powerful song made doubly impactful by guest vocalist Lido Pimienta joining their defiant cries for answers.
With the release of the “Agua” video, anticipation continues to build for Lido Pimienta‘s first album in six years. The video, a split between a child discovering various aspects of the aquatic (how they managed to find such tropical environs in Toronto is beyond me) and Lido herself dancing around analog tape manipulations. It’s damn cool, and still emphasizes the political nature of the song, which is about the water crisis facing the Indigenous peoples from the Wayuu territory in Colombia.
Still no word on when her LP La Papessa is to be released, but we’ll keep you posted.
Early last week, Black Lives Matter Toronto began a protest/occupation in front of police headquarters in Toronto in response to the lack of charges against the officer who shot Andrew Loku in July 2015. They intend to remain there until their demands are met. To help raise funds for the ongoing protest, they’ve released a mixtape composed of Toronto hip-hop and R&B artists, including choice cuts from some of our favourites in the city: Witch Prophet (of Above Top Secret) LAL, Lido Pimienta, and pHoenix Pagliacci (whose new record Ars Amatoria was our Album of the Week last week).
The compilation is available from Bandcamp, and all proceeds go to Black Lives Matter Toronto. We highly recommend it both musically and politically – and if you’re in Toronto, be sure to voice your opinions to public officials and Chief of Police Mark Saunders, and follow Black Lives Matter on Twitter to keep informed about how you can help.