Through the twin tragedies of a global pandemic and the racial injustices brought to light by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others, Senegalese-American songstress Marieme has been one of the genuine voices of hope in our little corner of the world. To be sure, between her always empowering music, and her poignant words in an essay recently penned for BlackBook, she has reminded us that surely we can come together to overcome whatever and whomever stands against us.
And now comes the exhilarating news that she will be releasing a string of ideologically connected singles throughout the remainder of summer, under the unambiguous banner Songs For The Revolution. The first of these is an impassioned, stirringly soulful update of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change is Gonna Come.” With its inspiring passages like, “There been times that I thought I wouldn’t last for long / Now I think I’m able to carry on / It’s been a long, a long time coming,” it is poignant and relevant right now in more ways than one could reasonably count—even 56 years after its initial release.
“It’s hard to wrap my head around that,” she says, “the fact that not much progress has been made, and that oppression was just rebranded, over and over again. I’ve been profoundly moved by the Black Lives Matter movement in a way that I’m sure many have been moved to take actions, to end racism once and for all for the remainder of our lives.”
Most importantly, she comes at the challenges that lie ahead from a position of optimism, at a time when surely unprecedented levels of pessimism and cynicism hang over our nation like a threatening storm cloud.
“I believe that things will change for the better,” Marieme insists, “because of the visibility and broader understanding that has taken place; and we see things changing already at the core. The reimagining of a better world is going to take Radical untamed love! And self awareness! 2020 has been truly a year of consciousness already, and I’m looking forward to the healing it’ll bring for people who’s lives depend on it! A change is here! You are the Change!”
That’s just what we were thinking.