Lido Pimienta has shared her new cover of Bjork’s “Declare Independence” via Spotify’s Singles x Pride Campaign. The release follows the announcement of Spotify’s Pride 2021: Claim Your Space campaign, which encourages the queer community to make noise, make their presence known, and make their own rules. The series of month-long activations includes Spotify’s Pride Hub, Pride: Venue Playlists in partnership with queer bars and clubs around the world, Pride: Cities Playlists curated by local LGBTQQIA+ musicians, Social Share Cards, Pride Murals in Detroit, Nashville, and New Orleans — as well as donations to our key partners, queer venues, and local organizations.
From Lido Pimienta:
“I chose this song mainly because of the lyrics: ‘Wave your flag, raise your flag, higher higher’ and ‘don’t let them do that to you,’” Pimienta explained. “I heard this song live and I loved how all the immigrants in the audience were waving their flags. The sense of PRIDE we all felt then, I wanted to carry it through with this version, one that would honour my Caribbean roots and the camp of pride but most importantly, a message of love and revolution in togetherness and acceptance. Björk has been an inspiration to me, not only as a singer, but as a composer and producer, so this song is also a *thank you* to her for encouraging womxn like me to not be afraid to create my own sonic universe.”
Earlier this year Pimienta received her first-ever Grammy nomination as her album ‘Miss Colombia’ was nominated in the ‘Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album’ category. Its title was in-part inspired by the 2015 Miss Universe mishap in which Steve Harvey mistakenly crowned Miss Colombia, instead of Miss Philippines.