Drea D’Nur drops the video for “Cry For Change” – an impassioned plea for relief from violent crimes perpetrated against black and brown men – in tribute to Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others who have lost their lives to the particularly insidious and sometimes racially motivated trend of gun violence that plagues communities of color. The video directed by Matthias Miemczyk was filmed in 2012 in Cologne, Germany with D’Nur – the incredible talent we first got a taste of live in session with Akua Naru – and the Digflo Band. Drea D’Nur initially delivered the track with a note detailing how it came to be:
I wrote this song last year shortly after Trayvon Martin was murdered. I was unable to talk about my feelings of rage, sadness, or disbelief. This song is the best articulation for how I was feeling. Thanks to the Digflo Band who did an amazing music performance. Written for every black boy slain. My heart goes out the mothers and fathers. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
“Cry For Change” encapsulates the feelings of many people fed up with the indifference, irresponsible policy and lack of respect for human life that often conspire to facilitate the tragic and untimely loss of human life. As people continue to seek justice and less fatal routes to traverse the minefield of race relations, it is often the impassioned freedom song that stands in the void to assist the wounded masses in overcoming their pain. There have been songs decrying the death of Trayvon Martin, but Drea D’Nur’s “Cry For Change” may be the loudest and most palpably sincere to date. Check the footage below to watch the video for Drea D’Nur’s “Cry For Change.” Download “Cry For Change” via Soundcloud.