TESTIFY Feb Video Playlist is out now and is a cross section of unconfined artists spanning multiple decades across multiple genres.
From the experimental nuisance of Klein to the archived battle cries of Hank Wood and The Hammerheads, TESTIFY Feb highlights the holy hyper creative expression that keep us all alive through its pure honesty, emotion and expression.
That pure honesty and emotion, that soul, is no more present than in Boyd and Ruth May Rivers, the blues/gospel couple from Canton, Mississippi in 1978, who kick off TESTIFY Feb 2020.
The black couple was documented singing and playing songs close to their heart in their living room by Alan Lomax. It’s easy to see that every word that bubbled out of them came from experience… from a real, honest, dearly close place. The Rivers lived in a Jim Crow South, a place of generational struggle and generational genius evoked to continually overcome that struggle.
It’s that vulnerability, pure unrestraint, pure human soul and resilience that is the driving force behind everything noise, punk, experimental and underground we set our feet in today.
You see it when you experience see Dreamcrusher, from Wichita, Kansas, emoting their experiences live at Trans-Pecos in NY.
You see it when you watch Klein confront the isolation and hyprocisy of church and community spaces from a very first hand experience in Marks of Worhsip.
You hear it when you listen to the backbeat and musical cadence of Pelada and COUCOU CHLOE and Lanark Artefak.
You watch it in the way FKA twigs moves in her videos.
The Black experience of not only surviving, but choosing to intentionally set its feet to thrive, regardless of the systemic intention of destruction it consistently faces is a testament to the human spirit, something regardless of race affects your subconscious and conscious, inspiring oneself to contiually be greater.
Watch the bloodline of that ethos show itself in TESTIFY Feburary below.
TESTIFY Feb 2020 Full Video Playlist
Boyd & Ruth May Rivers
FKA twigs feat Future
Klein ft Kahlia Bakosi
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads
DJ Blaqstarr & Rye Rye