Autarchii drops mixtape

September 22, 2020

Reggae artiste Autarchii has teamed up with Kenya-based mixtape producers World Roots Masters to release his Red Summer of 2020 iTape mixtape.

The 10-track mixtape was released on August 17 to coincide with the celebration of the birth of Jamaica's first national hero, Marcus Garvey.

"He was, and still, is a great inspiration to black people all over the world. He was one of the greatest black freedom fighters in modern times, so I thought it quite fitting to release this mixtape on his birthday," said the artiste. "This project is relevant to every person of African descent because it highlights the trials and tribulations that our ancestors have faced throughout history. It also speaks about the ways in which we are still being oppressed by the system in America and other countries across the world today."

The title of the mixtape was influenced by a historical event that took place in the United States in 1919.

"A lot of people might not know about the 'Red Summer' of 1919 ... white supremacists in the United States of America carried out brutal terrorist attacks against black people all over the country. This caused racial riots in more than three dozen cities across the United States," he said.

Singles on the mixtape include Revolution, Black Liberation Cry, and Land of the Free.

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