Jacob Banks Stirs The Soul With Rousing "Parade"

Jacob Banks Stirs The Soul With Rousing "Parade"

February 11, 2021

It's not easy to draw on vulnerability in art, but that's what Jacob Banks has done with his soulful new anthem "Parade", unearthing emotions that are best released into the open rather than bottled up like a time bomb.

Fuelled by the anti-racism protests he saw unfold in the UK, "Parade" sees Banks lay his impassioned vocals over powerful, bluesy guitar chords as he processes conflicting feelings of anger, pride, heartache and empowerment. There's also a cameo appearance from another conscious artist, Kojey Radical who expresses himself through dance in a pastel coloured suit against the backdrop of a muddy shipping container yard.

Speaking on the track and the protests that inspired it, Jacob Banks says: "I hoped to experience a sense of pride or whatever, but I didn't experience any of that. I felt defeated by the fact we still have to do this after all of these years. We're all risking our lives with the pandemic out there.

"However, it turned around in my head. No matter how hard it gets for the oppressed, civilisation still doesn't move without our consent. It was fascinating to me. I found power in it. Society requires those who stand up on the frontline and march. It needs all of the marginalised and disenfranchised groups, so get on board or get used to it."

Be sure to check out visuals for "Parade" below.

Words: Ian Opolot
Photography: Grace Rivera