Derrick Ashong’s band Soulfège has been around the world — and most recently, to the set of DNA this past week. But for this clip, they performed a song inspired by Brazil. Called “Johnny’s Song,” it focuses on the country’s struggling street children.
In a description of the song’s background, Derrick writes, “While there [in Brazil] I also learned of a time in the ’90s when off-duty officers in Rio would go into the favelas (ghettos) and murder children they found lying in the streets. I kept thinking about how an innocent boy born of the hood is gradually transformed into a man with no options, who becomes the personification of society’s greatest fears.”