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Kele Okereke questions the idea of race and education in Britain with his new song, 'Melanin'

The track was originally intended for his recent album.
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Published: 11:51 am, July 03, 2020
Kele Okereke questions the idea of race and education in Britain with his new song, 'Melanin'

Kele Okereke has released a new song, ‘Melanin’.

Originally intended for his recent album '2042', the song was held back due to a delay in clearing the sample.

“Melanin is a song that questions the idea of race and education in Britain," he explains. "I believe that if we truly want to dismantle the racial division in this country then it starts with the education system.

"We all need to study a syllabus that tells the truth about the reality of Britain's colonial past, that isn’t just a celebration of the "glory days" but that looks unflinchingly at the horrors this country has perpetrated in the name of empire. For if we are to learn anything from Britain’s past, we need to have an honest and open dialogue with it.

“Melanin was a song originally meant for my album 2042, but we weren’t able to clear the sample in time. I’m glad that we get to share the track now, at a time that it seems more pertinent than ever. As a British-born black man I have found living in this country these last few years wounding. Making 2042 was my way of trying to understand some of the racial divisions that have come back sharply into focus this past week with the death of George Floyd."

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