Singer/songwriter/feminist/activist/author DIY icon Ani DiFranco has released “Do or Die,” a poignant statement about our society as we head into a landmark election.
The lead single from DiFranco stays true to what she started nearly thirty years ago, speaking truth to power. With “Do or Die” DiFranco implores her fellow citizens to vote to maintain democracy during these historically unprecedented times. Vote like our lives depend on it, because they do.
DiFranco came out of isolation during Covid to record “Do or Die” with talented musicians Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Brevan Hampden, Matt Douglas and Van Westerland in Durham NC. Later her touring partners Terence Higgins and Todd Sickafoose added finishing touches to the track. DiFranco created the “Do or Die” video in collaboration with Dancing Grounds and New Orleans Dance Collective, local organizations in her residence of New Orleans.
About “Do or Die,” DiFranco claims: “Nothing will stem the tide of suffering from COVID-19, economic crisis, police brutality, mass incarceration, endemic poverty, entrenched white supremacy and misogyny, deportation and detainment, gun violence, fire, flood, disease, pollution, irradiation, exploitation, forced reproduction, gender and sexuality-based violence and oppression, dis-information, propaganda, corruption, and greed… short of a functioning democracy! Let’s harness our outrage and vote. We can do this, if we try, if we do this like it’s do or die.”
The New Orleans Dance Collective (NODC) is a non-profit youth organization that actively links dance with social work and seeks to address the overwhelming need for life-affirming, esteem-building cultural activities for inner-city at-risk youth in post-Katrina New Orleans. Dancing Grounds (DG) is a multigenerational nonprofit arts organization that brings inclusive and accessible dance programs to New Orleans residents of all ages.