Now that is what you name P-Funk. Nina Hagen, Germany’s Godmother of Punk, and Prime Minister of Funk George Clinton, America’s Dr. Funkenstein, got here collectively for the long-lasting singer’s new single, “Unity,” according to Rolling Stone. Hagen, who wrote the music instantly after the homicide of George Floyd, says this her tribute to the Black Lives Matter motion. Hagen additionally introduced she’s going to problem her first album in 9 years, since 2011’s Volksbeat.
“‘Unity was created instantly after the extremely cowardly and brutal homicide of George Floyd,” Hagen mentioned in a press release, via Rolling Stone. “A music concerning the indestructible dream of charity. From the eager for human values, for social unity and justice.” Clinton is a powerful presence on the dub monitor, which requires “unity locally.” Whereas the music drips of each cosmic alliance and Christian Gospel, it isn’t fairly as preachy and optimistic as it could seem. Freedom is rarely actually received, it’s earned, as she paraphrases Coretta Scott King. Hagen, a grasp of subversion, throws in a line about one thing being within the water.
Hagen has at all times made herself accessible within the political abyss, whether or not preventing in opposition to compelled psychiatric remedy or laying siege to fur trend reveals in Paris. Her 1986 single with Lene Lovich, “Don’t Kill the Animals,” protested the product testing on animals. Hagen’s personal father was an anti-fascist within the Nazi resistance throughout World Battle II, and was a topic in Nazi human experiments. His father died in a focus camp.
Hagen was born to be a political artist. Her stepfather was anti-establishment singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann, and when Hagen tried to check performing, the goverthemodernhealthcarent itself issued a restraining order. So she sang. First with the band Automobil, with whom she had the 1974 hit single “Du Hast den Farbfilm Vergessen,” translated as “You forgot the colour movie,” it was a veiled assault on the East German goverthemodernhealthcarent. She recruited Manfred Preaker, Herwig Mitteregger, and Bernhard Potschka of the band “Lokomotive Kreuzberg” and composer Reinhold Heil for the Nina Hagen Band in 1977. In 1981, Hagen named her daughter Cosma Shiva after seeing a UFO whereas pregnant. On her first English-language album, NunSexMonkRock, she promised “there’s a revolution happening.”