“Talking About a Revolution” – Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman has been singing about social injustice and poverty for a couple of decades now. She started busking on the streets of Cambridge while a student at Tufts University. After graduating in 1987 she signed with Elektra. She has been writing and recording since 1986, as well as touring and giving benefit concerts for various causes, such as 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Amnesty International, the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, an event which raised money for South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Movement and seven children’s charities, and the AIDSLifeCycle event.
The songs of the 80’s are still very spot-on. The same issues remain now as before: unemployment, poverty, domestic abuse, violence. Her songs about these social problems have netted her 4 Grammys and numerous nominations as well as other citations.
Her rich voice carries her messages beautifully. If you are not familiar with Chapman, check her out. One particularly haunting song about domestic abuse is “Behind the Wall”, sung a capella.