“Turntables” could be the powerful protest anthem we all needed, to capture the current zeitgeist and movements in an optimistic way.
“We are in the middle of a revolution right? What’s a revolution without a song and a song without a revolution“, US soul singer and Grammy-winning artist Janelle Monáe said when describing her latest single to Entertainment Weekly.
She wrote “Turntables” for the new Amazon Studios documentary titled All In: The Fight for Democracy, which shines a light on voter suppression, particularly in Georgia. With the song Janelle wants to influence the forthcoming elections and inspire people to stand up for democratic values.
On the track, she’s rapping about “kickin out the old regime“, “liberation, elevation, education” and how the tables are about to turn. The chorus comes with gospel influences and several clips of current and past protests in the US.
We see a lot of police violence, peaceful protest and attacks against people Of colour while Janelle is performing the song. She is walking along the beach in a beige trench coat and military cap and performing in front of the American flag.
A recurrent picture is a family eating breakfast and reading the newspaper while their young daughter watches the scenes with VR glasses, showing activists as Jillian Mercado and Angela Davis.
Listen to the empowering track “Turntables” below and watch the eclectic visuals below!