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Anti-Gentrification Needs an Anthem. “Rican Beach” Is It.

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

Let no worthy social issue be without its political protest song. Alynda Segarra’s anti-gentrification anthem — “Rican Beach” — comes from the latest album by folk music band, Hurray for the Riff Raff…


Protest Song of the Week: “Rican Beach” by Hurray for the Riff Raff | Shadowproof

Shadowproof selected “Rican Beach” as their April 11, 2017 protest song of the week.

“…Last month, Hurray for the Riff Raff released… a concept album titled The Navigator. On the album, Segarra draws from folk and rock, bomba and salsa, doo-wop and soul to create a semi-autobiographical, two-act narrative following a street kid named Navita Milagros Negrón. Using this storyline, she reflects on her own childhood and Nuyorican roots, and makes chilling commentaries on immigration, cultural erasure, and gentrification…” ~ Liz Pelly


Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviewed Alynda Segarra in March, shortly after International Women’s Day.

Hurray for the Riff Raff on Feminism, Gentrification, Gender Violence & Art in Era of Trump | Democracy Now!

“Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new record, The Navigator, is out this week. Part of it celebrates Alynda’s Puerto Rican heritage. One tune, “Pa’lante,” is named after a newspaper published by the Young Lords. Another tune, “Rican Beach,” has been described as an anti-gentrification anthem.” ~ Amy Goodman


NPR declared “The Body Electric” from Hurray for the Riff Raff as the 2014 political folk song of the year. (Don’t miss the end.)


Protest sung loud & strong!

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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