On Wednesday, Austin soul superstar Gary Clark Jr. released an animated video for the song "Got To Get Up" from his powerful 2019 album "This Land." Like the video for the title track, the political messages in the new video are not subtle.
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In the video, a train piled with protestors is powered by soulful licks from Clark as it passes through the countryside, facing off against Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and aggressive border patrol agents. Along the way, the train passes civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr., human rights activist, the Dalai Lama and legendary protest singers like Bob Marley and John Lennon among others.
In a press release, Manu Viqueira, who directed the video with Laprisamata, describes it as “A journey throughout history in which the powerful energy of 'Got To Get Up' makes people come together to fight with pride against different forms of oppression.”
Clark is currently touring Europe, but he'll be back in the states for Lollapalooza and Afropunk this summer and he'll return home for Austin City Limits Festival this fall.