In this podcast, David Benjamin Blower converses with musician, podcaster and activist Samantha Lindo on the subject of music: music as a wisened friend, music as a gatherer of people and radical energies, and music as a kind of prayer that can halt the Powers that Be, even just for a moment.
Interview starts at 23m 44s
The song Sing All Ye, from Hymns for Nomads Volume 2 by David Benjamin Blower, is used with permission.
The song Those Kids (live acoustic version) by Samatha Lindo, is used with permission.
“You can infer so much from someone’s choice of song and their reaction to it.”
“It took me leaving home to claim my heritage and to find my voice – musically and spiritually and all the rest – which is traumatic to some extent as well, to not belong, not to have those roots around you. But it also was the gateway to life as I know it now. So, that was a very creative space even though it was kind of difficult and chaotic at the same time.”
“The songs are a jumping-off point; the songs are a platform to speak about things.”
“It’s about the gathering and what it means and the communal experience of music, which I think is how music was birthed in human history: it gathered. It has a function in human society. So, I feel like that shapes how I do things.”