Art has long held a place in capturing civil unrest and the public mindset. It is often said that in order for real change to take effect, the movements must be present within artistic communities and cultural mediums. With the civil unrest and protests that have gripped the nation following George Floyd’s death, this has been profoundly true.
The Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum like never before, and that momentum has been fueled by responses from artists. This has included murals of George Floyd, and Breanna Taylor. Their portraits, along with other victims, have been shared thousands of times on social media. Their images and visual art inspired by the movement has heightened social awareness and social empathy to the movement.
But it isn’t just within the visual arts community where a cultural response can be found. Musicians are responding and reacting to the civil unrest throughout their craft, too. Cue Abel Meri who considers himself to be a conscious rapper. Born in Ethiopia, and shaped by the DMV (the DC, Maryland, and Virginia) area, Abel Meri is a rapper who gains inspiration from politics, social inequities, and the voices and concerns of marginalized groups.
Abel believes that artists have a unique platform and opportunity to responsibly contribute to civil unrest and social movements. He says that his objective as an artist is to provoke thought, edify, entertain and hopefully inspire my audience.” This mindset is seen within his latest EP #BLM.” The song “Black Lives Matter” drew direct inspiration from George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement. It provides his unique perspective to the events, presented in a fresh way. He crafts his songs that are clearly introspective, and are his personal reflections to the current social climate and events.
The power of “#BLM” lies within Abel’s artistic vision of focusing on the lyrics. This vision isn’t within the style of contemporary rap, or Trap era rap, however. Trap era rap emphasizes the rhythm of the music, and focuses on auto-tune before and above anything else. For Trap era rap, melodies are king. But there are a group of rap artists that do not follow this trend. The artists Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole focus their art on the lyrics, which oftentimes acts as a voice for marginalized groups.
Abel Meri is within the same ilk. He carefully crafts his lyrics, which are commonly responses to ongoing social events. Perhaps being raised in the DMV area has had something to do with Abel’s inclination to put out music that is concerned with forgotten demographics. Abel’s “#BLM” isn’t his only work that is inspired by his social environment. Just this year, Abel has released the EPs “TNSZ – The No Skip Zone,” “Smooth” and several singles including “Salute,” and the aptly named “COVID.” As with any responsible and conscious artist, Abel understands his unique platform and ability to not only inform, but to inspire and spark activism. This is especially true within the rap and hip-hop genres. They are the most powerful and popular genres of music, especially amongst younger listeners. As a conscious rapper, Abel obviously acknowledges this through his powerful lyrics.
Retro-Inspired Rock…Nathalie Miranda With New Single ‘Battle Scars’
Powerful Music By Nathalie Miranda In Her New Single ‘Battle Scars’
The emerging artistic force Nathalie Miranda is notable for her unique, soulful voice and extremely high energy performances. Nathalie is known for her engaging music and social media posts with numerous fans on Patreon, StageIt and Instagram. She has performed several special live streams and exclusive online performances on the platforms. Her singles ‘Poltergeist’, ‘Catch-22’, and ‘Battle Scars’ are all out now and available on all streaming platforms.
‘Battle Scars’ Is Out Now!
This song is about a woman who has been hurt and is back to let the guy know that she won’t let him get away with hurting her. The retro and soulful vibe of ‘Battle Scars’ is what grabs your attention in this powerful song. Taking inspiration from the music and TV shows of the 70s, the song is a tribute to classic rock music and fashion of a time gone by.
Pop-star Nathalie Miranda’s Start In The Music World
Nathalie Miranda is a London-based music star born to Greek-Cypriot parents.
Music is so deeply ingrained in Nathalie. Her grandfather was a violinist and she has cousins in Cyprus who are also professional musicians.
Singing has always been Nathalie’s passion. When she was 15, she decided to get up and sing ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ at a karaoke night. This was the turning point where she got a great response from her parents and the audience who were truly shocked. That’s when she realised she was going to be a singer, and she would do everything to make that happen.
Nathalie also collaborates with other writers and features as a vocalist on several House tracks. She also appeared on a ‘Later… with Jools’ show in 2018 as a backing vocalist for the British band James. With her true ambition to be on centre stage and releasing her own music for the world to enjoy, she slowly pursued it with more expertise, creativity and time. Her first release was in 2017. It was an EP called ‘Bulletproof’ which contained the songs ‘Red Light’, ‘Bulletproof’ and ‘We Got It Right’. The singles ‘Poltergeist’, ‘Catch-22’, and ‘Battle Scars’ are some of Nathalie’s fans favourite songs to date.
Nathalie shares her best tip on how to get closer to your goals – ‘I’d say to surround yourself with positive people, believe in yourself, and never give up on your dreams, whatever they are.’
To check out Nathalie’s discography click on the Website.
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