Benjamin Booker has shared details for his new album, Witness, out June 2nd 2017 on Rough Trade Records / Rhythmethod in New Zealand. The title track, Booker’s most profound and politically charged song to date, features a guest vocal by Mavis Staples, and is available now. Read Booker’s moving witness statement below.
To coincide with the release of “Witness,” Booker has shared a powerful personal statement recounting the song’s origins on a writing trip he took to Mexico City, during which James Baldwin’s observation that “Once you find yourself in another civilization you are forced to examine your own,” took on the weight of experience. “Am I going to be a witness?” Booker asks in the statement (and the song). “And in today’s world, is that enough?” Continue reading