[LISTEN] The Tapes Podcast: Episode 04 “The Hour of Power”

Hey now! It’s our fourth episode proper, y’all! Let’s bring back #MusicMonday …

We thought a lot about continuing this podcast in the midst of such turmoil and division in our country. We realized that as Black women, we have a lot to say, and the time to say it is definitely now.

The disproportionate killing of Black people at the hands of police is still as rampant as it’s ever been, and the increasing visibility of emboldened white supremacists, framed by the overwhelming circumstances of this pandemic, makes our need to speak up even stronger.

So, we changed the focus of this episode toward the black American roots of Hozier’s music and the responsibilities of white artists like him who benefit from these musical roots in today’s climate.

We aren’t just getting involved by sharing our thoughts on our platform.

Here are some other ways you can act to help us support justice and equality.

In this episode, we ask: “What do white and non-black artists that benefit from the historical contribution and influence of Black artists on popular music owe to Black people?” And we answer: “Nothing less than to pay forward what they have reaped from their success.”

We’ll discuss Hozier’s role as a white activist and artist, go through the music of and highlight the black artists on Driving Through Backwoods: The Hour of Power mixtape, and, later in the show, we discuss growing up on gospel, blues, and jazz in the South.

Ok, let’s get started!

Listen to: The Tapes Podcast Ep. 04

Watch, Read and Listen: What’s in the Show

Listen to: The Songs of “Driving Through Back Woods — The Hour of Power”



In our next episode: Raise a fist for the music of The Revolution: Volume One mixtape as we discuss protest music that defined the civil rights struggle in the past and the contemporary artists continuing that vital practice today.

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