After Swedish artist and activist Petter Wallenberg witnessed the brutal anti-LGBTI violence by police at last year’s Ugandan Pride festival he was inspired to compose and produce a charity album called Rainbow Riots. It features LGBTI musicians from all over the world – including countries where homosexuality is illegal, such as Jamaica, Uganda, and Malawi, and all proceeds will go to Rainbow Riots a charity dedicated to ending anti-LGBTI discrimination globally.
‘Imagine that your very existence is a crime and that the police, authorities, and lynch mobs chase you simply because you are who you are,’ Wallenberg told queerguru ‘I created Rainbow Riots as a movement to fight for freedom against tyranny.’
Some musicians on the album have chosen to remain anonymous, but their words are powerful nonetheless. ‘Our lives are already in danger—it doesn’t help if we keep quiet,’ one Ugandan participant said