Cerys Matthews: I Can’t Breathe

Cerys Matthews: I Can’t Breathe

Watch Cerys Matthews’ powerful video for I Can’t Breathe, which reacts to killings of black teenagers by white police in the US In a country that prizes personal freedom, racism is still a very real problem, as the musician, DJ and founding member of Welsh band Catatonia, Cerys Matthews found when she lived in the … Continue reading Cerys Matthews: I Can’t Breathe

2 June 2015  //  Occupation


Watch Cerys Matthews’ powerful video for I Can’t Breathe, which reacts to killings of black teenagers by white police in the US

In a country that prizes personal freedom, racism is still a very real problem, as the musician, DJ and founding member of Welsh band Catatonia, Cerys Matthews found when she lived in the American South for six years.

Matthews wrote this song for the project Occupation: Five songs that shook the world, in response to the shooting of two black boys by police in Missouri and Ohio.

Read Matthews discussing these stories and how they inspired her to write I Can’t Breathe here.

Occupation was co-commissioned by the Welsh National Opera and The Space. Find out more at www.occupation.org.uk.

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