Young Fathers on refugee crisis: ‘If we can afford bombs we can afford blankets and a welcome’

Scottish hip-hop group share 'Old Rock N Roll' video

Last year’s Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers have commented on the current migrant crisis in Europe.

Airing a video for their song ‘Old Rock N Roll’ today, the band addressed the influx of immigrants from Syria and other war-torn countries seeking a new home in the UK and other parts of Europe in an accompanying press release.

“While Britain First are trying to spawn all over the internet, while politicians and press fight to expectorate the most poisonous, anti-immigrant ignorance, we give you ‘Old Rock N Roll’, a journey across centuries, bringing it back to Africa, to Malawi, bringing the faces and sounds of humans, migrating, because they are captured or scared or hungry, as they always have done. And we’re saying, it’s alright. In the heart of the Congo, it’s alright.”


The hip-hop group continue: “In the heart of Essex, it’s alright. Don’t be afraid. This country can afford it. If we can afford bombs we can afford blankets and a welcome.”

Watch their video for ‘Old Rock N Roll’ below.

Earlier this year, the Scottish band released ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’, the follow-up to 2014’s Mercury-winning debut LP ‘Dead’.

Young Fathers recently supported Paul Weller for his UK arena tour.