Afoma Andrea

By Afoma Andrea

Afoma Andrea

1 Oct 2021

After blessing us with the star-studded record Blow Your Trumpet, Swindle has returned with a jazzy new offering ‘NO BLACK, NO IRISH’.

The fourth track from his forthcoming album, the song is a complete switch up to previous release. Minimal percussion coupled with the soulful tones of both Maverick and Joel, the track serves as a melodic commentary on race and discrimination in contemporary society. Somber in tone, Swindle unapologetically ushers a sense of introspection into his listeners.

Speaking on the creation of the song, Swindle states:

We went to studio to retreat in the height of one of the most uncomfortable times I’ve ever known. Before that week the only time I had left my home since lockdown was to protest with Joel. During that time race and the current social unrest was still at the forefront of our minds, watching a conversation between Mav and Joel become this song was a defining moment for this record and speaks directly to the intent of the session, healing”.

Maverick Sabre expresses:

‘No Black No Irish is a song reflecting on the Irish and black connection through the experience in the UK. The title was a phrase used on signs in shop/hotel windows during a period of time symbolic of an attitude to both communities closely connected. Joel and I are just voicing that story of understanding each other through it all.’

Joel Culpepper adds:

“So black I’m blue” is a lyric that came to me watching a Nat King Cole documentary. A pioneer in being one of the first black artists to have his own TV show on a major network. His complexion being the centre of the conversation, they used to say his skin was so dark it looked blue on screen. The colour being blue felt to me a sad irony- feeling blue, surrounded by controversy, hate and marginalisation.

Stream No Black No Irish  below!