The inimitable Saul Williams just released a video for “The Noise Came From Here,” a single off of his recent album MartyrLoserKing. In the clip, Williams walks barefoot through the streets of Ferguson, MO, a city that’s been the center of highly publicized conflict over the course of the past year when a white police officer walked free after killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in 2014. As The FADER points out, Williams is accompanied by the poet Marcellus Buckley (a friend of Brown’s) and the local Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, who commented on Williams and the role of artists as activists:
They are in strategy sessions, holding politicians accountable, and offering programmatic and proximate solutions to our insufferable and insoluble problems. Art not only prefigures possibility—it acts as a salve to a wounded people—transforming them into wounded healers.
He then added:
As a front line activist in the Mike Brown movement the role of music has been one of our biggest inspirations, but over time our actions have influenced musicians and artists to speak out against injustice and inequality everywhere.
MartyrLoserKing is available now via FADER Label.