Paula Boggs Band links up with Dom Flemons to recount a harrowing tale of Boggs’ enslaved ancestor. A musical darkness accompanies the lyrical gavel, hammered down like a death sentence. The song swells as the duo lament in great sorrow “and the beat goes on” to reflect how racial brutality continues centuries later. But there’s hope for a brighter future. “We can’t repair the past / May the future be recast,” they sing.
Listen to “King Brewster” below.