If you listen to one new thing today let it be ‘Black Man’s Burden’.
‘Black Man’s Burden’ is the work of North London platform Word On The Curb who are all for helping the communities they represent. Recently they were the driving force behind getting the government’s tone-deaf #knifefree chicken box campaign withdrawn. On ‘Black Man’s Burden’ they continue to amplify the voices of its community by bringing a poignant and timely account of Britain’s failings.
As an anonymous music project released under the anagram of Bruce Throdown, they release the track ‘Black Man’s Burden’ – donating all profits to Black Lives Matter UK and Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
The track is a damning and truthful retelling of the UK’s racist past and present, referencing the whitewashing of Black history, Mark Duggan, The Brixton Riots, the treatment of Megan Markle and more. The outro is an account from a woman who was present during the Brixton riots of 1981, from the documentary Battle for Brixton.
“We wanted to release the track to raise issue and light on the burden of being a black man or woman and all of the cases that have preceded this moment, namely in the UK, hence some of the names that we mention.”
‘Black Man’s Burden’ is available to buy and stream on all online platforms here.