LGBT Musicians From The World’s Most Homophobic Countries Unite On New Album

"Rainbow Riots" welcomes queer artists from Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica, and more.

Some voices won’t be silenced.

A new charity album, Rainbow Riots, features LGBT musicians from countries where homosexuality is a crime and where anti-LGBT violence is widespread, including Uganda, Malawi, and Jamaica.

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Some of the artists have chosen to remain anonymous, but their music speaks for them. As one Ugandan participant says, “Our lives are already in danger—it doesn’t help if we keep quiet.”

The eclectic album is composed and produced by Swedish artist and activist Petter Wallenberg, who launched the project last summer after witnessing a brutal police raid on Ugandan Pride. All proceeds from sales of the album will benefit Wallenberg’s Rainbow Riots charity, which is committed to ending anti-LGBT discrimination around the world.

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“Imagine that your very existence is a crime and that the police, authorities, and lynch mobs chase you simply because you are who you are,” Wallenberg says. “I created Rainbow Riots as a movement to fight for freedom against tyranny”

The album’s first single, “Equal Rights” featuring Jamaican rapper and gay rights activist Mista Majah P, has being used for the U.N.’s official Global Goals campaign.

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Rainbow Riots is out June 16.

Hear snippets from the album in the teaser below.
 

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