Bristol musician MARIA has written a powerful spoken word detailing what it’s like to be a woman in today’s world.
The thought-provoking track captures the anger and frustration felt by women around the world.
The track is called “Home By Nine” and was written by MARIA (who plays with Bristol band Dutty Moonshine Big Band) a few years ago. Since then, there have been several prominent stories of violent assaults by men.
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Between the deaths of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa from March 3 to September 17, 2021, a further 77 women in the UK were killed by men – one woman every 2.5 days.
Overall, this figure rises to six women per hour.
‘Home By Nine’ is a powerful spoken word poem, set to music by Martin Badder, with video shot over Bristol city center at sunset. The full track will be released on February 11, to coincide with the official Sexual Abuse/Violence Awareness Week 2022.
All proceeds will go to two Bristol charities helping survivors of sexual abuse, Bristol Women’s Voice and SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Assault Support).
The song’s vocal line came instinctively to MARIA: “I wrote Home by Nine on a train one day. I felt so overwhelmed, so hurt by everything my friends and I had been through in our lives. It all came crashing down on me and my heart honestly broke that day.
“There isn’t a woman in my life who, at some point, hasn’t been frightened, followed, assaulted, or disbelieved. Not one. I felt like I was burning with anger at this injustice, and then the words came out.
“I’ve been writing since I was 16, and nothing has ever come off the page so fast. It had to come out. It has to be said.”
BristolLive spoke with Martin about the genesis of the track. He shared how he saw a spoken word video on Instagram and couldn’t get the words out of his head, saying they were so relevant and impactful.
He said: “You didn’t want to listen to it, but you knew you had to, there was a lot of home truths and it really resonated with me.”
Martin said that a few months later, while working on a garage track, he finished the track but had no voice for it.
So he decided to go back to MARIA’s Instagram and layer the spoken words over his track – he was impressed.
Subconsciously, he thinks he had MARIA’s words in his head when creating the track.
“It works, it’s seamless, it’s meant to be” were her words after listening to her creation.
Martin was worried about getting in touch with MARIA, he said he left the draft on his hard drive for a long time because he was worried she wouldn’t like the fact that he overdubbed his words on his trail.
Also that there was a possibility that MARIA didn’t like the play, but eventually he finally found the courage to message her.
“If he doesn’t like it, it won’t go any further,” he said to himself.
MARIA loved it, only a few weeks later she went to her studio to record it properly and before they knew it it was sold out.
He sent it to a few record labels he had previously released music with and the popular and well-known New York-based Nervous Records responded almost immediately.
Badder told BristolLive: “I just want as many people as possible to hear this track, IIf it just makes a person think twice or change their attitude, I think we’ve achieved greatness with this track.
“I have both a young daughter and a son, so I’m so keen for the world to be a better place when they grow up.”
Badder hopes the track’s message will open up vital conversations, especially with men.
One morning, Badder, very early, around 3 a.m., Badder was walking home from a DJ set, which he does frequently.
The streets were deserted and it was just him and he saw a young woman walking home, usually he was walking right behind her, but he thought of that trail and thought he really didn’t want her uncomfortable so he moved to the other side of the road and accelerated so he passed her and she knew she was not in danger.
“Consider your behavior and how it may be felt by other people, especially late at night,” he added.
Katy Taylor, Director of Bristol Women’s Voice, said: “We live in an epidemic of male violence against women and girls and ‘Home By Nine’ is a powerful reminder of the dangers women face and the fear they face. live on a daily basis.
“Bristol Women’s Voice is committed to making Bristol a city free from all forms of gender-based violence and we will continue to do all we can to tackle the sexism and misogyny that lay the foundations for male violence.
“We are proud to be part of this project alongside SARSAS who are doing such vital work supporting survivors of sexual violence in and around Bristol.”
MARIA adds: “In the current state of things, it is normal to be afraid. But being afraid does not make us weak. It makes us strong and I want women around the world to know that.
BristolLive has received an exclusive short snippet of the track which you can watch at the top of the page, but the full track “Home By Nine” will be available for purchase on ITunes and Spotify from February 11, 2022, all proceeds will go in Bristol charities helping survivors of sexual abuse, Bristol Women’s Voice and SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Assault Support).
If you have been the victim of rape, sexual assault or violence, contact SARSAS at 0808 801 0456 Where 0808 801 0464, you can also email them on [email protected]
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