Pharoahe Monch – “Clap (One Day)” Live @ Jazz Cafe, London (Video)

Last month Pharoahe Monch premiered his anti-police brutality anthem “Clap (One Day)”, to a sold out crowd at London’s Jazz Cafe. Check out this footage of his performance that night, alongside powerful soul vocalists Showtyme and Mela Machinko, with DJ Boogie Blind on the decks.

The release of this footage coincides with today’s October 22nd National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, organized by communities around the country who commit to participating in local actions and events against police brutality and work towards building community safety alternatives. People who want to stand in solidarity with October 22nd can wear all black, in memory of thousands of lives stolen by law enforcement killings.

Pharoahe explains the inspiration for the song; “Instead of protect and serve, police often escalate situations, as with the cases of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, or Aiyana Stanley Jones, and hundreds more who fell victim to police violence. I wrote this song to express my frustration, as well as raise the question of how our communities can create safety and prevent violence, with out relying on police.”

Despite the song title’s multiple meanings, “Clap (One Day)” does not advocate violence against police. Pharoahe adds a personal perspective; “My brother is a police officer so I know there are some well intentioned people wearing blue uniforms. But the issue of police violence is much bigger than good cops and bad cops, it comes down to a broken system which criminalizes our communities, and must be completely transformed.”

A short film and music video for “Clap (One Day)” will be out in December – from Pharoahe Monch’s forthcoming album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), due for release via W.A.R. Media and Duck Down in February 2011.

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