The song “I Can’t Breathe” can be found on the album “Climb” by Jamaican reggae star Queen Ifrica born Ventrice Morgan.
“I can’t breathe”, these are the last words spoken, on May 25, 2020, by African-American George Floyd (handcuffed and lying face down) while Derek Chauvin, a white policeman from the city of Minneapolis in Minnesota (USA) was kneeling on his neck. This horrific scene was even filmed… The power of the internet and social networks has allowed this video to travel around the world and, for a week now, street protests have been growing to denounce police violence and especially racist crimes.
“I can’t breathe” were the same words that Eric Garner said on July 17, 2014 in New York City when he was lying on the ground and held down by the police. A witness had filmed the arrest and the video was also widely distributed on the Internet. The death of this African-American had also provoked many demonstrations.
On her album “Climb”, released in 2017, Jamaican reggae star Queen Ifrica had offered the public a track entitled “I Can’t Breathe” which deserves to be listened to again.
“Combining one-drop Reggae with hints of Gospel, Queen’s lyrics, especially the chorus, is thought provoking and directs our attention to the events happening today. The chorus concludes by saying “we ain’t gonna stop until our people are free.” When we look at events happening in parts of the US and around the world, particularly instances of injustice, you understand why this song is so important, even though it was released 3 years ago”, said Natasha VonCastle from VP Records.
The song “I Can’t Breathe” by Queen Ifrica is available for download.