“The techno scene embodied the intentions of Black Detroiters looking to free themselves from an oppressive environment. Today that fight for freedom continues.”
Inner City have made a video for their track We Move Together that shines a spotlight on grassroots anti-racist organisation Detroit Will Breathe.
We Move Together is the first track on their new album of the same name, and features a spoken vocal from Idris Elba. For the video, Inner City teamed up with director Kurt Schneider, producers Rich Hutchins and Eightfold Collective and creative director Callum Reece to make a short film featuring footage from street protests and many members of Detroit Will Breathe, a self-described “youth-led, militant organisation fighting against police brutality and systemic racism in Detroit”.
Formed during the #BlackLivesMatter protests this summer, actions carried out by Detroit Will Breathe have included campaigning successfully for the release of Grace, a 15-year-old black girl sent to jail for not completing her homework, and helping to bring about a public tribunal regarding the death in custody of Priscilla Slater, and police brutality more generally.
Inner City said: “With the challenges in Michigan, the US, and further afield, specific to what we are facing with the BLM movement, we deeply felt that we wanted to release a culturally significant and impactful video that not only embodies the message of the track, but that also directly benefits the Detroit Will Breathe individuals and collectives on the frontline of the movement in the city.”
DWB's Jae Bass said: “Detroit is rich in political and cultural experiences and expressions of liberation. From Motown Records, the Labor movement and Aretha Franklin to the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, the 1967 Rebellion, and the birth of techno. We aspire to make Detroit once again a space where liberation is expressed and experienced in transformative ways. Kevin Saunderson did this along with thousands of Black Detroiters when he helped birth the global movement that techno has become. The techno scene embodied the intentions of Black Detroiters looking to free themselves from an oppressive environment. Today that fight for freedom continues.”
Pic: Adam J Dewey