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Music can be such a revelation…

ALICIA, PETTER WALLENBERG AND JAVAN

…sang Madonna on her 1984 hit Into The Groove. For the artists featured in the Rainbow Riots album, music is about expression. It’s we, the audience, who experience a revelation.

In 2012, Petter Wallenberg, a Swedish producer, founded Rainbow Riots. It started in Stockholm, as a grass-roots, activist-led movement protesting the booking of Jamaican artist Sizzla, whose songs have been said to incite violence against LGBT+ people.

Sweden is a country most associate now with liberalism and acceptance of LGBT+ lifestyles. Petter says that, in his lifetime, queer people have gone from oppression to freedom. “I was born in 1977 in Stockholm when homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness,” he tells us. “As a young gay teenager I came out into a world where AIDS was killing gay men like flies and we had no legal rights. All this seems like a lot longer ago then it actually was. I think as soon as we got legal rights they wanted us to be quiet and forget all the suffering. But it’s still happening all over the world.”

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