Recently, we critiqued and parodied Invisible Children’s use of uncritical, pat and peppy music campaigns. Their numerous musical interludes which raise awareness (though sometimes it’s unclear as to what we’re meant to be aware of), and they hardly ever critically address the issue. While the video of our parody, sung to Justin Bieber’s “Baby” seems to have disappeared into the blogosphere, IC’s most recent video serves as a pretty good example of their “well-known song + dancing+ bright colours – info and/or critique = inspiring video” methodology . “Do You Whip Your Hair?” (which, incidently, can be found on our classmate’s incredibly awesome blog: http://visiblepeople.blogspot.com/ ) has a lot to do with inspiring hair whipping, but provides limited information regarding the Invisible Children’s work and mandate.
Music is such an important medium that we began to wonder if we could reclaim it’s power for “real good” instead of “feel good.” Could we use it to engage in a critical analysis of advocacy work and it’s inherent power differentials?
Enter, the magnificent Lucinda! Check out her spectacular rap about humanitarian workand critical thinking:
Excuse the poor quality, Transcript after the jump*