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Rhiannon Giddens, Amanda Palmer Cover Portishead’s “It’s A Fire” To Benefit Free Black University Fund


Rhiannon Giddens joined forces with Amanda Palmer to cover Portishead’s song “It’s A Fire,” recorded from several continents during the COVID-19 pandemic. All profits from the collaboration go to the Free Black University Fund.

Palmer, who has been in New Zealand since the end of her world tour there, quarantined far from her home in New York, was listening to Portishead’s Dummy on repeat when she was struck by the lyrics:



‘Cause this life is a farce

I can’t breathe through this mask

Like a fool

So breathe on, sister breathe on