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Listen: EMA – “Black Boys on Mopeds (Sinéad O’Connor Cover)”

The Musician’s Take on the Ferguson Police Brutality

Mar 11, 2015 Bookmark and Share

In 1999 Sinéad O’Connor released “Black Boys on Mopeds,” a haunting song about police brutality. In light of the Ferguson unrest, EMA recently recorded a droning version of the track. Listen to her haunting rendition along with a note about the song choice below.


I recorded this version of the Sinead O’Connor song “Black Boys On Mopeds” during the winter, before Christmas. I did it late at night during a power outage, straight onto the laptop in a cold house filled with candles.

I meant to release it over the holidays but for multiple reasons it just didn’t happen.

Now an investigative report by the DOJ has confirmed a history and pattern of racially-based discrimination and harassment amongst the law enforcement of Ferguson, MO.

I’ve chosen to leave the “season’s greetings” motif unchanged, even though I consider this issue to be ongoing.




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