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Color is not a crime - a benefit compilation

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To show solidarity with protest movements on police brutality against African Americans in the United States, we have asked each of these artists to donate a track for this compilation. We thank each and every one of them. 100% of proceeds will go to the Detroit Justice Center to provide bail and legal help to people who need it.

This unique group of artists come from Kenya, Tanzania, Japan, New Orleans and, of course, Michigan. They represent a wide breadth of musical styles but with a unified message of equality, justice and freedom from violence.

Of course, the protests in the US are about the US, but what happens in the US affects the entire world, no person of earth is unaffected by the Trayvon Martins or the Eric Garners or the George Floyds of the world. Governments, people and police are around the world looking at our example. This issue is worldwide.

100% of proceeds will go to support the Detroit Justice Center which "is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities." They are currently providing support to people who have been arrested for participating in protests following the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

I can think of no more important issue right now than the continued marginalization of African Americans. While we have certainly made gains in the treatment of black people in the US, it is still the case that African American males are more likely than any other group to be arrested, incarcerated and to suffer from police violence.

The disparities are not limited to police violence alone. Even the best off of African Americans die earlier than even the poorest of Americans. Maternal and child mortality is highest among African Americans. HIV disproportionately impacted rural African American communities, and now the highest rates of infection and mortality to Covid19 are in black Americans.

This is no accident. Disparities in health reflect greater societal disparities, decreased access to preventative care, separate and unequal access to education and health information, lower access to reproductive care, lower access to medications, lower access to economic opportunities.... all these combined create a crisis of health where 1 out of 10 people in the richest country in the world have health profiles that are similar to countries in the poorest parts of the world... just because their forefathers were enslaved.

Systemic violence against African Americans is not just about police. Police violence is just another symptom of an unjust system, one that needs to be cut down, never to rise again.

Black lives matter. All people who suffer from systemic racism and violence matter. No justice, no peace.

Love to you all from all Dagoretti Records and all the artists.


released June 5, 2020

Art by Jennifer Gariepy


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"Dagoretti" is the confluence of three large pathways in Nairobi connecting all of Kenya together. It is also the Swahilified pronounciation of "The great." We like to think that we put out great records that connect distant places together.

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