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Inner City and Idris Elba release politically-charged ‘We All Move Together’ video

It was made in collaboration with activist organisation Detroit Will Breathe

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 15 December 2020
Inner City and Idris Elba release politically-charged ‘We All Move Together’ video

Inner City and Idris Elba have teamed up with activist organisation Detroit Will Breathe, a youth-led movement fighting police brutality and systemic racism, for the release of a new video for 'We All Move Together'.

The evocative video was filmed in Detroit, featuring protest footage and hundreds of members of the Detroit Will Breathe collective, which was formed during the height of the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year. Since then it has achieved vital work, including mobilising for the release of a Black teenager who was jailed for not completing homework and holding public officials to account with protests.

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'We All Move Together' is the opening track of Inner City’s album of the same name which was came out in July, featuring production from the Kevin Saunderson-led band and a spoken word vocal from Idris Elba.

Idris Elba said: "This song and music video will forever embody the spirit of momentum by the people. When we all move together change becomes inevitable.”

Inner City said: “With the challenges in Michigan, the US, and further afield, specific to what we are facing with the BLM movement, we deeply felt that we wanted to release a culturally significant and impactful video that not only embodies the message of the track, but that also directly benefits the Detroit Will Breathe individuals and collectives on the frontline of the movement in the city. Our platform can shine global light on the amazing work they do, and it takes the message of the track to an even higher place. We All Move Together.”

Speaking on behalf of Detroit Will Breathe, an influential member who features in the video Jae Bass said: “We aspire to make Detroit once again a space where liberation is expressed and experienced in transformative ways. Kevin Saunderson did this along with thousands of Black Detroiters when he helped birth the global movement that techno has become. The techno scene embodied the intentions of Black Detroiters looking to free themselves from an oppressive environment. Today that fight for freedom continues.” Read the full statement here.

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Follow Detroit Will Breathe on Instagram and donate to the collective via GoFundMe.

The 'We All Move Together' video was directed by Kurt Schneider with creative direction by Callum Reece, and Eightfold Collective, Rich Hutchins and Jae Bass as producers. Watch it below.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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