May 20, 2013

Brother Ali - Mourning in America: 'a critique of our culture of war and death'


This recent Brother Ali video track is worth checking out.

Mourning in America is a powerful piece of work. Violence driven by America has produced a tidal wave of reaction and will continue to do so as long as America continues to regard the world as a battlefield in its so-called war on terror. Much of the reaction is in response to imperialism, to invasion and ongoing targeting. On the domestic front in the U.S. there is a different kind of battlefield with death rates as high as many war zones.

Brother Ali had this to say about the track and the album:

This is the title track to my new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. The first half of the album highlights and critiques the dire situation in which we live. The second half outlines the tremendous opportunity we have to re-imagine and reform our society. This song is an observation and a critique of our culture of death and murder. From actual war zones around the world to our own inner cities where this summer's death rates rival war zones. I also address our national hypocrisy regarding violence. We have a zero tolerance policy of violence committed against us, but we're a lot more lenient and patient when it comes to the violence we commit. "A life is a life and a killer is a killer" - Brother Ali.

A few years back Brother Ali took heat from some quarters for the song "Uncle Sam Goddamn." The lyrics include a play on words such as "Welcome to the united snakes... land of the thief, home of the slave...".