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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 EMA 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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