Lecture in language
A Porto Rican songwriter of the American folk-country-rock band Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Her new album Navigator is a personal and musical return to her own roots. Segarra has combined the radical reconsideration of life so far not only with the search for her own Porto Rican identity, but also with the attempt to navigate in an America led by Donald Trump. She therefore calls upon all “poets dying of a silence disease”: “Let‘s do something about it. If he divides us, we are lost.” This is not her first urgent cry. “Shoot me down, put my body in the river while the whole world sings, sing it like a song,” Segarra sings on the previous album Small Town Heroes in the song The Body Electric. It became an acute accusation of the oppression and discrimination of women, people of other skin colour and LGBTQ communities, and was considered the political folksong of 2014 by the influential US National Public Radio.