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Minnesota Artist Dua Saleh Demands Justice With Powerful "Body Cast"
Minnesota-based alt-pop singer/songwriter and activist Dua Saleh has released a moving, poignant song condemning police brutality and the murder of George Floyd in their hometown. "This is a song I made with Psymun [who produced the track] last year and intended to save it for a project in the future but I can't wait that long with what is happening in my city of Minneapolis," they shared on YouTube.
All proceeds for the song, released on May 30, will be donated to Women for Political Change, a Minnesota social justice org actively investing "in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary folks." Saleh is a non-binary Black artist who released their debut EP, Nūr, in 2019, a project showcasing their haunting, rich voice backed by intoxicating sounds and intimate storytelling.
"We must take action to ensure the safety of our community. We demand justice for the family of George Floyd and countless others who have had their lives stolen by the police. We no longer can rely on the Minneapolis Police Department, or the local, state and federal government to protect us. They have ordered military personnel armed with lethal weapons to provoke violence at our assemblies of peaceful protests. This is terrifying for us as we mourn a member of the community," Saleh said in a statement.
"'body cast' is a song about police brutality and injustice…Please find this song on my Bandcamp as I am donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Women for Political Change who are mobilizing their efforts for real change. All of the names listed in the cover art were unarmed black people killed by police in recent years. We will not accept any more names added to this list. Please also consider contributing to the following organizations: Reclaim the Block, Minnesota Freedom Fund, MPD150 and Sudani American Collective."