A number of artists will contribute to the re-recording of ‘We Shall Overcome’ by Pete Seeger
A musician from the province of Drenthe has been asked by the human rights campaigner Martin Luther King III to participate in the recording of a new version of the song We Shall Overcome, once written by the American folk singer Pete Seeger.
Musician Harry Loco, from Vries, received the e-mail on Saturday evening from Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of Martin Luther King Jr., with a request to record a protest song. As reported by RTV Drenthe.
The song is being recorded to commemorate the murder of the American George Floyd, who died two weeks ago following a police officer crushing his windpipe for a total of nine minutes. Yesterday he was buried in Houston, America. Since his death, thousands of people have taken to the streets worldwide to protest racism and police brutality, which occurs in all countries around the world, including the Netherlands.
In the e-mail from Martin Luther King III, which was addressed to American artists, Loco was asked to sing along and record Pete Seeger’s song We Shall Overcome on his phone. Loco: “That was an appeal to American artists. The recordings would then be mixed and there would be a video clip. I have already submitted it.”
How is it possible that Loco, from Vries, also received this invitation? “I often travel in America. The song Hello World was also released there, so I started posting that song on social media. Also in the posts in support of the protest movement and George Floyd. Hello World is actually a very appropriate song from 2016, that I wrote with Waldy Samson of The Soca Boys, I think that’s because of it, or the Woodstock festival last year, I don’t know, somehow I’m on the list of American artists and so I received that invitation “, said Loco.
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