The Rainbow Riots are coming…
LGBT+ artists from some of the world’s most dangerous countries to be gay have contributed to an album of music in support of the global fight for LGBT+ equality.
One such music act is Jamaica-born Mista Majah P, who has been credited as the first reggae artist to release a reggae album dealing with homophobia and the LGBT+ experience.
As a guest vocalist with the Rainbow Riots band, he is a part of the booming anthem Equal Rights – and you can watch the music video for it here first on Gay Times.
Equal Rights serves as the lead single for the project, and will be available from 17 May.
Rainbow Riots will feature a number of LGBT+ voices from countries where being gay is still punishable, including Uganda, Malawi and Jamaica.
Swedish artist and activist Petter Wallenberg heads up the project, which developed from a protest against the booking of Jamaican musician Sizzla in Stockholm in 2012, whose song’s lyrics incite the murder of gay people.
The collection will feature an eclectic mix of electro, soul, reggae, rap and more.
In a ground-breaking move, it also includes a gay dancehall artist.
Dancehall is a notoriously homophobic genre. Boom Bye Bye, a hit Dancehall song from the 90s advocated the burning of gays.
Some of the artists have chosen to remain anonymous because their participation in the project puts them at such great risk in their home country
All profits from the sale of Rainbow Riots’ album – which is released on 16 June – will go to the charity, and fighting for global LGBT+ equality.