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Music can be such a revelation…


…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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