Video: Amelia Ray – Hambone Says

Hambone Says is a unique project from American soul and blues performer Amelia Ray – a mosaic of popular tracks from America’s history with overtly racist overtones.

By Graeme Smith

Black people in America and around the world are trying all sorts of ways to make their voices heard at the moment, whether through politics, protest or music. Amelia’s voice cuts through strongly in Hambone Says. Her only accompaniment is percussionist Jake Wood so her vocals and the weight of the lyrics take centre stage.

With a strong sense of irony, Amelia holds up a mirror to America’s current discourse of race, leaving those who say there isn’t an issue wanting. You can check out the video below.