Earlier today, Hurray for the Riff Raff leader Alynda Segarra dropped by the offices of radio show Democracy Now! to discuss feminism, violence against women and gentrification with host Amy Goodman as part of the show’s International Women’s Day programming.
The topics at hand have been addressed by Segarra on many previous occasions, most notably in her music. Hurray for the Riff Raff’s forthcoming album The Navigator dives headfirst into the issue of gentrification, while her powerful 2014 song “The Body Electric” offers a haunting and poetic indictment of violence against women.
The 15-minute interview with Goodman finds Segarra recounting the musical—and literal—journey that brought her to New Orleans, as well as discussing the issues that inspire her music and her activism. Segarra even portions of her new single “Rican Beach” and “The Body Electric,” which NPR named the best political folk song of the year, for the Democracy Now! audience.
The Navigator is due out this Friday, March 10 via ATO Records. However, you can hear the album now via NPR.