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